30 Jul '11, 5am

71 #Thai girls free after #humantrafficking raids

71 #Thai girls free after #humantrafficking raids

BANGKOK: Thai authorities freed 71 women and girls who had been lured into selling sex in massage parlours and karaoke bars, police said on Saturday, after a crackdown on human trafficking on the Malaysian border. Thirteen of those discovered were girls under the age of 18, said Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Petsut, deputy commander of police in Sadao district of Songkhla province, where the operation was carried out on Friday. "The operation followed complaints by the Laotian embassy in Bangkok," he said, adding that 70 of the young women were Laotian and one was from Myanmar. A Singaporean man, a Malaysian man and a Thai woman were charged with human trafficking and illegally procuring sex, Noppadon said. "Charges of human trafficking are very serious and carry a maximum sentence of the death penalty," he said. Police freed 59 women from a karaoke bar and another 12 from a...

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