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Massage parlour shareholder held for trafficking

BANGKOK: A key shareholder in a company operating the massage parlour raided by authorities last Friday (Jan 12), yesterday (Jan 16) surrendered to police and denied any involvement in the flesh trade.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 09:03AM


Victoria’s Secret massage parlour was raided by police and the DSI last week after allegations of trafficking of underage girls and women for the flesh trade. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Victoria’s Secret massage parlour was raided by police and the DSI last week after allegations of trafficking of underage girls and women for the flesh trade. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Sasithorn Wirathepsuporn, 45, a key shareholder of Amarin Onsen Limited Partnership, which operates Victoria’s Secret Massage, was accompanied by her lawyer as she turned herself in to deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul at the Royal Thai Police.

Gen Srivara said Sasithorn denied the charge. She was one of eight people sought on arrest warrants issued yesterday by the Criminal Court.

Police did not allow Sasithorn to seek bail because the charge carries severe penalties. The suspect was later handed over to Wang Thong Lang Police for questioning and will be taken to the Criminal Court today (Jan 17) with police to seek her continued detention.

Wang Thong Lang Police investigators had obtained warrants for the eight from the court. All faced over 10 charges for allegedly being engaged in the sex trade, and breaching immigration law and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, he said.

Gen Srivara said a probe indicated that Sasithorn held shares in over 10 companies which run massage parlours, including Victoria’s Secret Massage, in the Inthamara area and Din Daeng district. Police also worked with the Revenue Department to examine the firms’ money trails.

Investigators were examining the remaining firms to track down other suspects in the case while evidence would also be acquired from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Department of Provincial Administration.

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Last Friday, the DSI, military and local officers launched a raid on Victoria’s Secret Massage on Rama IX Rd in Huai Khwang district. More than 80 women found there are believed to have been forced into prostitution.

Authorities widened the probe and later found 20 state officials including senior police were allegedly implicated in documents, found at the parlour, which could expose a human trafficking network.

Gen Srivara said no arrest warrants have been issued for officers yet as police were having trouble identifying them. “I admit it is difficult to identify officers linked to the parlour because only their positions appear in those papers, not their names,” he said. “Also, the verification of the ages of the women detained at the parlour is not yet complete. The results are expected today,” he said.

He also instructed four police agencies to set up panels to probe any of their officers suspected of being embroiled in the case. They are the Central Investigation Bureau, the Tourist Police Bureau, the Metropolitan Police Bureau and the Immigration Bureau. Their officers appeared in the documents. Officers who were found linked to the racket will face disciplinary and legal action.

Also yesterday, DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang said he was ready to sign an order to treat the matter as a special case. Additional warrants could be issued for two other shareholders. Former politician and broadcaster Chuvit Kamolvisit, who founded Victoria’s Secret Massage, will be invited to give information on the trade.

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Jor12 | 18 January 2018 - 21:29:42

haha...yep...why bother..the commentators have all the evidence for the courts. Like I said, "Never heard of a country where the rule of law states "you're guilty until proven innocent." and, 
"Other than names being on the books. That is evidence of what exactly?"

ematt | 18 January 2018 - 09:31:18

Why bother investigating or collecting evidence at all? Just let omniscient PN commenters decide who is guilty and prescribe the punishment....

Pauly44 | 17 January 2018 - 19:30:12

Well now you have and the country is Thailand, how long have you lived there are you that naive to believe they are trying to gather more evidence, their names were written in black & white in the books as customers and they've been transferred to inactive duty whatever the heck that means, what more do you need?

Jor12 | 17 January 2018 - 17:31:25

Never heard of a country where the rule of law states "you're guilty until proven innocent." Pure conjecture to say "they'd surely have evidence." What exactly is the evidence to date? The "ploy" could be to obtain such evidence.

Pauly44 | 17 January 2018 - 16:41:46

This could be a deflective PR ploy to delay until it dissolves, they'd surely have enough evidence to charge the top brass who are now "inactive" (pardon pun)."can't arrest anyone without evidence"? Are we talking about the same country where you're guilty until proven innocent & where jails are literally bursting at the seems? hmmm...

Jor12 | 17 January 2018 - 16:08:47

Other than names being on the books. That is evidence of what exactly?

Kurt | 17 January 2018 - 15:04:48

No Evidence? 5 Colonels and 1 revenue dept official sent to inactive position. They are in the books of that massage parlour.
The number of officials going to that DEN are already increased to 20!
More than 100 women + a number of under aged girls arrested.
No evidence? Give me a break.

Jor12 | 17 January 2018 - 14:07:20

If one bothers to read the article it states, "Investigators were examining the remaining firms to track down other suspects in the case while evidence would also be acquired from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and the Department of Provincial Administration." Can't arrest anyone without any evidence.

CaptainJack69 | 17 January 2018 - 13:41:00

Well it does seem the next natural step for them doesn't it, from selling underwear to selling the people in it. Or is this a different Victoria's Secret?

I've suspected they had nefarious intentions ever since they started selling furry handcuffs.

Seriously though, is there no intellectual property protection at all in this country?

Kurt | 17 January 2018 - 09:16:45

No arrest warrants yet for police officers, as the police has trouble to identify them!   Yes-yes! No surprise.

Well, there were already 5 Colonels named in Bangkok Post. Skip inactive post/duty nonsense, lock them up, than these 5 will sing like a bird. And names will flow over the desks.

And Junta really should start now that needed RTP reform.
Only about 313 days left to election day.

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