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Youth dept chief tied to sex trafficking ring

Youth dept chief tied to sex trafficking ring

BANGKOK: Police have charged a deputy director-general of the Department of Children and Youth (DCY) for interfering in the investigation into a child prostitution ring in Surat Thani.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 6 May 2022, 09:41AM

Police hold a press conference on a child prostitution ring in Surat Thani on Wednesday (May 4). Photo: Supapong Chaolan

Police hold a press conference on a child prostitution ring in Surat Thani on Wednesday (May 4). Photo: Supapong Chaolan

The move came after law enforcement agents raided a total of 18 locations which have been linked to the trafficking of minors for prostitution - which included a shelter for children - on Wednesday, reports the Bangkok Post.

The raids followed the arrest of 16 people in November last year for child sex trafficking.

Since then, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and non-governmental organisations have been working with the police to find 18 other suspects.

All 18 suspects are wanted for child sex-related charges, including colluding to operate a child sex trafficking ring and luring minors into prostitution, among others.

These offences are punishable with up to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to B2 million.

Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, assistant chief of the national police, told a press briefing that the investigation pointed towards the Surat Thani Shelter for Children and Families.

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The findings implicated a number of officials, including a deputy director-general of the DCY, the chairman of a local savings cooperative, a deputy chairman of Phunphin district’s tambon administrative organisation’s council, as well as soldiers, teachers and doctors in the area.

He said an official identified as “Aem” was found to have assaulted children at the shelter to pressure them into prostitution.

Investigators determined that a DCY deputy director-general also played a role in hampering an investigation into the ring.

The deputy director-general has also been charged with malfeasance in office. Investigators are gathering evidence to submit to the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Pol Lt Gen Surachate said.

Aem, for his part, was charged with physically assaulting a minor, malfeasance in office and obstructing a police investigation, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 06 May 2022 - 22:05:45

@Kurt  Of course there are more trafficking rings.Same as you can find them worldwide.Even in your home country.

BigaAResort | 06 May 2022 - 16:58:51

Money can buy everything,just look around in the poor parts of Phuket where people stay  comeing from everywhere to make a better living

christysweet | 06 May 2022 - 12:27:30

Headline is misleading. Subject of the article was charged with  interfering  in the investigation and we are not told past 'an official' what the title is  of the man charged with actual assault.

Kurt | 06 May 2022 - 11:52:10

A depressing list of  Thai 'High class' people that operate a children prostitution ring. I read 'soldiers', that are high ranking officers, yes? Not the conscripts who are used themselve also by superiors. A while ago a 'ring' was 'discovered' in the north, now Surat Thani. Have no illusion that there are no more of these Thai minor sex trafficking rings. It's ...

JohnC | 06 May 2022 - 10:11:55

How do such scum ever get jobs in positions of authority? Does greed turn these people in to a....holes or were they born that way.


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