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Suspect arrested in girl’s trafficking and prostitution case

Published August 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Tossapol

Tossapol

THE ANTI-HUMAN Trafficking Division yesterday announced the arrest of Tossapol Pachisap for his alleged role in luring a Laotian girl younger than 15 into prostitution.

Tossapol, 24, was apprehended in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district on Wednesday, division chief Pol Maj-General Kornchai Klaikleung told reporters.

The case stemmed from early March 2014 when Songkhla karaoke bar operators Sunee and Pisutchai Sodaros visited Laos and allegedly lured a girl identified only as “Noi”, aged 12 or 13, to Thailand with the promise of a waitressing job paying Bt9,000 per month.

Sunee’s son Tossapol allegedly picked up the girl at Mor Chit station and brought her to the bar where she was forced into the sex trade after Sunee claimed she had paid the girl’s parents Bt20,000, Kornchai said.

The girl was allegedly forced to have sex and threatened with beatings and that her parents would be killed.

After learning that she was pregnant, Noi escaped from the bar and was apprehended by Nong Khai railway police while trying to return to Laos.

She was identified as a human trafficking victim and housed at a Nakhon Ratchasima shelter, where she gave birth to the child.

Police apprehended the trafficking suspects, but Tossapol claimed he thought the girl was meant to work as a dishwasher at the bar and denied knowledge of human trafficking or prostitution. In a separate case, Kornchai said police have detained Kongkita Piansawaengboon and his alleged Myanmar accomplices – a woman identified as “An” and two men “Bobo” and “Kamen” – in Pattani’s Muang district since July 12. The Myanmar Embassy in Thailand has urged police to take action against the suspects who are accused of luring six Myanmar nationals to work on a fishing boat.

The six Myanmar workers were among 17 fishing boat crewmembers whom police apprehended recently. The six were allegedly lured to Thailand with the promise of jobs in Bangkok and Ratchaburi paying Bt8,500 per month but were then forced to work on the fishing boat.

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‘Ying Kai’ may have mental illness: police

Published August 14, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Monta or 'Ying Kai'

Monta or ‘Ying Kai’

Speculation about her behaviour rises as details emerge of two missing people linked to her; six divorces over 30 years.

‘HIGH-SOCIETY’ woman Monta “Ying Kai” Yokratanakan – charged this week with perjury and attempted human trafficking over an allegedly false theft complaint against a former maid, as well as lese majeste – may have a mental illness, a senior police officer said, citing an initial probe.

Meanwhile, Songkran Atchariyasap, the lawyer for her former maid “Goi” Prapawan Jaikla, submitted new details yesterday of two cases of missing people that may be relate to the 58-year-old Monta: her former chauffeur who disappeared in 2012 and a wealthy Udon Thani woman who went missing in 2003 after transferring an eight-rai plot of land to Monta.

As police gather evidence in at least 10 cases against Monta, the head of the Central Investigation Bureau, Police General Thitirat Nonghanpithak, said investigators found some evidence and witnesses who suggested she might have “uncontrollable behaviours”, which, if not treated, could extend to illegal activities and injury to others.

Asked if this presumption by police would affect the investigation, Thitirat said it would carry weight if she had a history of medical treatment for mental illness. But if not, it might be an issue debated in court later.

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Police checking the Thai civil registration database also found Monta had registered marriages and divorces with at least six individuals over the past 30 years, he said.

Thitirat made the comment after he received information about the two missing people from Songkran. The lawyer claimed an Udon Thani teacher accused Monta of luring the teacher’s aunt to transfer land worth Bt8 million to Monta in 2003. The aunt allegedly went missing and Monta notified them in December the same year of the aunt’s death. The teacher claimed Monta was always guarded by Tourist Police when she came to see the family about the land. The other case involved Lop Buri man Sunthorn Khanhin, who worked as her chauffeur. Relatives have been unable to locate him since March 2012.

Songkran said he would bring families of the missing people to testify on Monday for further prosecution cases.

The lawyer said a police lieutenant at Prachacheun Station, where she filed nine complaints against others, may be involved in Monta’s wrongdoing. He alleged that the office was close to Monta, as he was assigned to supervise her car care business and co-founded an employment agency opened with Monta. He claimed the officer was also involved in the investigation into the “theft” case Monta laid against maid Sukanya Sirimoung, who was released on bail in recent days to fight Monta’s claim.

Songkran quoted deputy national chief Pol General Pongsapat Pongcharoen, whom he met earlier yesterday while bringing Goi and others to give more details to the Metropolitan Police Bureau, as vowing to transfer by next Friday officers at Prachacheun station deemed to be responsible for mistakes in suspect complaints that Monta lodged against her employees.

Thitirat also said police were checking the claim of about a police lieutenant involved with Monta.

Pongsapat said he was there to follow progress on the probe into Prachacheun police – led by Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj General Jaruwat Vaisaya – to ensure transparency and completion in a week.

Crime Suppression Division (CSD) deputy superintendent Pol Colonel Chakrit Sawatdee, meanwhile, revealed that 16 of the 19 passports seized from Monta’s residence were old passports of Monta and family members, while three belonged to other women. One was Janthana “Noona” Khotkhongthai, a former maid who served 18 months in jail for “theft”. He said police would summon the three women for information later.

As of press time, Monta remained in detention at the Central Women’s Correctional Prison because the court yesterday denied a second attempt to get her released on bail despite an increased deposit worth Bt1.639 million.

 

No bail for ‘Ying Kai’

Published July 22, 2016 by SoClaimon

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“High-society” figure Monta “Ying Kai” Yokratanakan is seen talking on a phone behind a window at the Crime Suppression Division as she yesterday met police to hear charges against her of perjury, attempted human trafficking and lese majeste. She was deni

“High-society” figure Monta “Ying Kai” Yokratanakan is seen talking on a phone behind a window at the Crime Suppression Division as she yesterday met police to hear charges against her of perjury, attempted human trafficking and lese majeste. She was deni

Court rejects plea; high-society figure charged with perjury, human trafficking and lese majeste following complaint.

THE Ratchadaphisek Criminal Court heeded the police plea and turned down the bail application of high-society figure Monta “Ying Kai” Yokratanakan, who was yesterday charged with perjury (giving false information about a criminal offence implicating another person), attempted human trafficking, and lese majeste.

The charges were pressed by the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) after Monta turned herself in to authorities yesterday following summons issued for her.

Monta was interrogated for two hours. She denied all charges.

The court rejected her bail application on the grounds that the charges against her carried serious punishments, including tarnishing the reputation of a high institution.

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As her alleged lese majeste action happened before the junta’s order took effect, she was sent to the Central Women Correctional Institution instead of a military prison.

The charges stemmed from Monta’s complaint to police that her former maid Prapawan “Goi” Jaikla, 18, and Prapawan’s parents stole Bt10 million worth of gold bars and cash.

An arrest warrant was issued for Prapawan, who was detained for three months despite her claim that she was innocent and had been accused of theft because she had refused Monta’s offer to work abroad.

Several other former employees of Monta allegedly were also falsely accused.

Before police sought a court detention order for Monta, CSD deputy superintendent Pol Colonel Chakrit Sawatdee led police to search her condominium in the Prachaniwet area.

During the search, police seize 19 passports and nine bank books as evidence.

Police also discovered that the one-bedroom condominium was equipped with two security cameras, prompting Chakrit to question why Monta had only used footage from a hallway camera to substantiate her complaint against Prapawan, when the inside cameras would presumably have given clearer evidence of the alleged theft.

Chakrit said police had sufficient evidence to charge Monta with perjury and human trafficking, adding that four witnesses had accused Monta of making claims that could be construed as lese majeste.

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police Bureau acting chief Pol Lt-General Sanit Mahathaworn said Monta’s previous move to drop complaints alleging theft and embezzlement complaints against three Cambodian employees and another fraud complaint against a Thai woman were within her rights as the “damaged party”.

However, Sanit said city police and CSD officers would cooperate to investigate those cases, which are among nine complaints she had filed at the Prachacheun Police Station.

Previous cases

If those complaints were based on falsehoods, authorities would proceed accordingly, Sanit said.

He added that police would also investigate a former employee’s allegation that Prachacheun police were involved in a complaint of theft against her.

Police will also try to verify a rumour that Monta was linked to the late astrologer Suriyan “Mor Yong” Sucharitpholwong, who was charged with royal defamation and died in a military prison last year.

Monta has denied any link to Suriyan.

On Wednesday, Prapawan and her lawyer Kamonsak Sriprasert provided additional information to CSD investigators about her period of employment with Monta, as police tried to determine if Monta’s behaviour constituted human trafficking.

Kamonsak said lawyers had found at least six other alleged victims, including one who was under 18 and had been brought to work in Laos for two years.

He alleged that there was also evidence suggesting Monta had invited young women to work in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos for jobs that required the women to “take care” of VIP people in casinos and gambling dens.

There are suspicions that Monta conducted her business with the support of influential people possibly including politicians, high-ranking police or military officers, he added.

Prapawan claimed that during her employment she saw about 20 passports belonging to young women who had previously worked for Monta.

In a related development, Mae Hong Son deputy governor Suwapong Kittipattarapibul presided over a meeting yesterday of a working team of 17 members from relevant agencies to set guidelines for compensating Monta’s alleged victims, including those that have been prosecuted.

So far six alleged victims from Mae La Noi district have been identified, including 25-year-old Janthana “Noona” Khotkongthai who served an 18-month jail term after Monta accused her of theft in 2010.

Officials also prepared to request a witness-protection security detail to encourage other people to step forward to testify.

Monta reportedly hired girls and women from hill tribe ethnic communities to work for her in Bangkok, some of whom later were jailed after she accused them of theft.

Monta “Ying Kai” Yokratanakan has filed nine complaints at Bangkok’s Prachacheun Police Station:

Year Case Information Progress so far

2010 A theft complaint against Mae Hong Son teenager Janthana “Noona” Khotkongthai , 18 A criminal court sentenced Janthana to 18 months in jail

April 22, 2011 A theft complaint against Laotian women identified as Kabkaew, 20, and Thamma, 23 Unknown

December 18, 2014 An embezzlement complaint against Cambodian Seng Cho-un, 24 Monta dropped the charge

December 18, 2014 An embezzlement complaint against a Cambodian identified as Phae, 19 Monta dropped the charge

December 18, 2014 An embezzlement and theft complaint against a Cambodian identified as Pha, 22 Monta dropped the charge

March 18, 2015 A theft complaint against Prapawan “Goi” Jaikla, then 17, and her parents Trial ongoing

December 4, 2015 A theft complaint against Sukanya Sirimoung, 54 Trial ongoing

December 27, 2015 A Bt2-million fraud complaint against a Thai woman, Kirana Boonpho Monta dropped the charge

January 4, 2016 A property damage complaint against Colonel Yothin Asawamet Unknown

 

Woman may face probe

Published July 22, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Kai

Kai

Supatcha (R) her mother (Centre) and lawyer Songkran (L)

Supatcha (R) her mother (Centre) and lawyer Songkran (L)

Hilltribe girls claim they were urged to go abroad and bullied when they reisted.

THE deputy chief of the Department of Children and Youth has ordered a probe into whether a ‘high-society’ woman, known for taking hilltribe girls in her care, could be guilty of a human trafficking offence for her alleged patronage of girls under 18 with offers to send them abroad.

The woman, identified only by her nickname Kai, was recently in the news for filing a complaint for theft against her 19-year-old former maid Prapawan “Goi” Jaikla and her parents.

Supatcha Suttipol, the deputy chief of the department, made her remarks, after talking to Kai’s former maid – identified only as “Noona”, 25 – who was jailed for 18 months in 2010 for a similar theft charge filed by Kai.

Supatcha said she would have officials check if Kai’s behaviour was against the law, although Noona’s claim of being detained was not clear enough because officials found she could travel in and out of Kai’s house during the employment.

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At the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), Prachabodi Centre director and Mae Hong Son Children and Family Home head, Srisuwan Sorasak, testified to police that Kai – who he said often claimed to be a Khunying with different names including Montha and Suchada – had adopted several hilltribe girls in Mae Hong Son by promising the girls’ parents that she would send them to school.

She also allegedly forced money into the parents’ hands – like in the case of Noona who fled to get married. Kai later reportedly claimed to have rights over the girl because of the Bt10,000 payment, he said. More young women – five girls under 18 and one 21-year-old – went to work with Kai in 2008 but when the theft charge was filed against Noona in 2010, they all fled back home.

The girls claimed Kai intimidated employees who refused to do her bid by filing criminal charges and trying to take them out of the country, so they filed a complaint with the Prachabodui Centre. They didn’t dare to talk to police earlier due to fear of Kai’s influence, he added.

Earlier yesterday, Goi and her parents were accompanied by well-known lawyer Songkran Atchariyasap to testify to CSD officers, before they were later sent to give additional testimony to Bangkok’s Pracha Cheun police. They insisted Kai’s accusation of them stealing Bt10 million gold bars and diamonds from her house in Bangkok on March 18, 2014 was false.

The group was accompanied by another young woman, Wanichaya Bunsunheng, whose mother Sukanya Sirimoung was jailed following a similar complaint by Kai. She had already filed a complaint with CSD police against Kai. Justice Fund director Mayuree Jamjaras also brought Bt200,000 cash to seek bail for Goi’s parents, under Article 29 of the Justice Fund Act to provide legal aid to the destitute suspects.

An engineering first-year student, Goi – whose arrest last November landed her a three-month detention at a women’s home – had claimed that she had refused many offers by Kai to go abroad. She claimed that was the reason she was hit with the false theft charge.

Goi’s mother backed up her story by telling police that she, her husband, and the girl worked with Kai following a neighbour’s recommendation for 24 days. She said Kai tried to adopt Goi so she could send the girl to work with a famous person in Hong Kong and the girl could earn Bt2 million to Bt5 million. But the family rejected her offer hence they were allegedly threatened by Kai that they would face a theft charge, so the family fled.

Yesterday afternoon, Kai and her lawyer Thanabodi Seprathanont went to meet CSD police inspector Pol Lt-Colonel Natprakorn Panyadee to reject the reports that she had allegedly bullied her former employees with theft prosecution.

Kai said she had heard CSD officers wanted to issue an arrest warrant for her on a charge of filing a false complaint, hence she had come forward to show her sincerity and her readiness to fight the accusations.

She insisted that she had enough evidence, including CCTV footage, to file the theft complaint against Goi.

Kai insisted she had never been prosecuted in any criminal case and denied being linked to the late fortune-teller Suriyan “Mor Yong” Sujaritpalawong. She said she was consulting her lawyer to look at the possibility of counter-suing people, including Songkran, and would host a press conference in three days to clear the society’s doubts.

 

DSI pledges to push trafficking cases

Published June 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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WITH more than 1,000 human-trafficking cases pending in the courts including a large number of Myanmar victims, Thailand has promised to speed up the legal process, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) deputy chief Pol Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul said yesterday.

Court guidelines have been imposed, he said, adding that last year a new division of courts and prosecutors specialising in human trafficking was set up to facilitate a smoother workflow to process cases.

Songsak met yesterday with his counterpart Htun Naing, deputy chief of Myanmar Police Force’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATIPD), seeking cooperation to sustainably resolve chronic human trafficking issues.

In the 14th bilateral meeting held in Chiang Mai province, Songsak said human trafficking was a mutual problem for both countries, which share common problems regarding the crime.

The best protection, Songsak said, was to have Thailand and Myanmar communicating with each other to discuss problematic cases that plague effective suppression of trafficking. He said trafficking cases were complicated and court hearings often take a long time to resolve.

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“For example, the hearing process and information exchange between concerned agencies need to be brought to joint discussions to enhance the effectiveness [of the workflow],” he said.

Songsak said two Thai agencies currently deal with human trafficking cases: the Royal Thai Police has almost 1,000 cases, while the DSI has about 10 key cases relating to transnational crime organisations. However, many cases get stuck in court and prosecutors’ hearings.

Myanmar officials said they wanted to focus on trafficking of migrants working in the fishing industry, according to Songsak.

Htun Naing said many offenders had crossed the border into Thailand, which was an issue that would be raised in discussions.

He also pledged to follow up on human trafficking to Ambon Island in Indonesia, where many Myanmar migrants have been forced to work on Thai fishing trawlers.

 

Massage parlour logbooks probed for corruption

Published June 15, 2016 by SoClaimon

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Police and BMA staff under scrutiny after Nataree raided on human trafficking claim

THE Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is looking into the name initials in the Nataree Entertainment massage parlour’s logbooks to identify policemen and officials who collected kickbacks, PACC secretary-general Prayong Preeyajit said yesterday. The massage parlour is facing investigations over allegations of human trafficking as it was found to have allowed the prostitution of girls under the age of 18.

The Department of Provincial Administration led a raid of the parlour located in the Ratchadapisek area on Tuesday and rescued 121 sex workers. Officials also arrested five employees and confiscated logbooks detailing payments made to police and officials.

Prayong said the PACC had sent officials to observe the raid and will check on the establishment’s operations to see if related police and officials had neglected their duties to take action against the parlour. He said his agency was checking the facts and initials in the logbooks to identify corrupt officials.

He added that public scrutiny has already prompted several agencies to check if their subordinates had taken bribes.

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A source at the Justice Ministry revealed that the logbooks could possibly lead to officials facing disciplinary punishment, although it may be difficult to investigate as the kickback recipients were only referred to by their initials or their agencies, and so far there are no witnesses to incriminate the officials.

The source has called on the agency supervisors to launch fact-finding investigations, saying that inaction could lead to charges of malfeasance. The agency under the spotlight the most is the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), which has the authority to issue building licences as modifications and noise disturbances cannot happen without local officials’ knowledge.

Meanwhile, BMA’s Din Daeng district office director Saisri Hiratprasertwut said yesterday that she has assigned a fact-finding committee to look into the case. As the logbooks only identify “BMA” as an alleged kickback recipient, it could be any department, not just the Din Daeng office, she said, adding that if any official is found to be involved in the wrongdoing, he or she would face legal action according to the law.

Separately, national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda said yesterday that the Metropolitan Police have not yet released the results of the fact-finding probe related to the kickbacks, as it would take some time to investigate and jumping to a conclusion too quickly could lead to mistakes.

As for allegations about a human-trafficking gang supplying underage migrant girls to the parlour, police spokesman Pol General Dechnarong Sutticharnbancha said the investigation was ongoing and nothing could be confirmed without clear evidence. He also said the Royal Thai Police did not permit staff to collect benefits from businesses.

Police discovered to have accepted payments will face serious disciplinary action and punishment based on the criminal code, Dechnarong said.

 

AMLO to auction ships seized from human traffickers

Published April 18, 2016 by SoClaimon

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The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is planning to auction two self-propelled sea vessels with bids starting at Bt2.5 million each. The ships were seized from human-trafficking suspects, acting AMLO chief Pol Colonel Seehanart Prayoonrat said yesterday.

Those interested can inspect the ships’ condition at the Marine Police Division in Satun’s Muang district on April 20 from 10am-4pm, ahead of the April 21 auction, he added.

This was the fourth AMLO auction for 2016, the previous three bids had enabled AMLO to add Bt22 million to state coffers.

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