Prostitution

  • Woman arrested on drug charges after almost 20 years on the run.

    The Immigration Police reported the arrest of Tatchathamat also known as Chatamach. Chatamach has an arrest warrant issued in her name from the Criminal Court in the year 2000 on charges of methamphetamine possession with the intention to distribute the substance. During the same period of time, 10 foreign suspects were also arrested by Thai officials. This includes 2 Nigerian men tied to a romance scam case, 1 Russian man tied to a fraud case in his country, and the arrest of 7 women for works relating to prostitution in Thailand.

    Chatamach went on the run while she was let out on bail. She flew to hide in Australia and stayed so long that she received an Australian Citizenship. The Investigation had discovered information that Chatamach was actually named Miss Wang in Australia. Then this year the Biometric system showed that Wang recently traveled into Thailand on 4 October 2019.

    Officials successfully arrested Wang in Thailand. The suspected admitted that she changed her name in hopes of changing her identity and has been on the run for almost 20 years in Thailand and in Australia.

    Officials also arrested Onyekach and Fean from Nigeria on charges of illegally entering into Thailand. The police believe both suspects have ties to the Amuji Odu Gang and his Thai wife arrested on 6 July 2019. The couple is responsible for romance scams carried on for 2 years with damages amounting to over 2 Million THB.

    Credit: INN News
    Credit: INN News

    Another case is the arrest of Sergey from Russia in Chonburi Province. Sergey had committed fraud in his country related to construction scams amounting to over 20 Million THB in damages. Furthermore, the Chonburi police also arrested 7 foreign women working as prostitutes in Pattaya’s famous Walking Street. 3 were from Egypt, 2 were from Uzbekistan, and 3 were from Wakanda.

    Facebook Caption: The police also arrested 10 foreign suspects tied to other crimes in the same period of time.

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  • 3 Foreigners and human trafficking mama arrested.

    The Immigration Police Reported on the 6th of this month (September 2019) on 4 arrests that recently took place. There are 2 cases involving the arrest of a Korean citizen, a Mongolian pickpocket gang, and the arrest of a Thai human trafficking mama who lured girls to Italy.

    The first arrest is a Korean man that has been hiding for over 10 years. He is in a fraudulent case in South Korea with damages of 144 Million Won or 5 Million THB. Sung Jin 61 years old was arrested in his room at a condominium located in Suan Luang, Bangkok. The suspect invited businessmen to invest in a road trip to drive through other countries. The case took place between 2009 to 2010. Sung Jin has been hiding in many countries and was arrested here in Thailand.

    Sung Chun 39 years old another Korea man was arrested at a hotel on Ekkamai 26, Bangkok. The suspect is a drug leader who will find drugs in Thailand and smuggle them into South Korea. The police arrested a member of his gang in February of this year that leads to Sung Chun’s arrest. Communications between the buyer to seller takes place on the Telegram application.

    Credit: Mthai
    Credit: Mthai

    The next case is the arrest of a Mongolian pickpocket gang. The police received a report from a Thai victim who was pickpocketed at the Siam BTS Station in Bangkok. The 3 suspects were found still walking around the Skytrain station on the same day. The police invited the victim to point out the suspects where they found the victim’s phone along with 13 pieces of evidence that were stolen from other victims on the same day. There was 1 other person involved, but he managed to getaway.

    The last case is the arrest of Kularb Rampung a Thai woman. Kularb has been lying to Thai women inviting them to go to work as maids in Italy. Instead of finding them proper jobs as promised, she sold them by prostitution to buyers in Italy. Kularb was in the prosecution process but she ran out of Thailand while the case was taking place in 2009. Kularb changed her name and was traveling in and out of Thailand. She was exposed when a Surin Immigration Officer discovered her secret.

    FB Caption: The 3 suspects were found still walking around the Skytrain station on the same day after pickpocketing the victim.

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  • Pattaya bar owner arrested on human trafficking and prostitution charges

    Police now believe that three suspects in the August 2 Bangkok bombings plotted much the attacks in a neighbouring country. Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon reported the latest in the investigations to the media today.

    Gen Prawit reported that the three suspects were actively involved and have fled back to their country. Without mentioning the country (presumably Malaysia), Prawit said that police are seeking the assistance of their neighbouring counterparts to arrest and return the suspects to Thailand for questioning.

    At this stage police have linked the attacks to insurgents in Thailand’s far South where some of the Muslim-majority population remain in a long-term civil conflict with Thai buddhists and the government.

    Police have also reported that the attacks were planned near the Thai-Malaysian border at a meeting of the planners, bomb-makers and attackers. A total of 15 suspects are believed to be involved in the bombings.

    Meanwhile, two detained suspects in the bombings are back in Bangkok after being transported from Narathiwat. More about that story HERE. The Metropolitan Police will seek an extension to their lawful detention at the Bangkok South Criminal Court tomorrow.

    Both suspects have been charged with organised crime, attempted murder, carrying explosives and illegal possession of explosives.

    The two men are accused of planting two bombs on the steps of the Royal Thai Police HQ in the Thursday late afternoon. At the time authorities claimed the bombs were dummy devices. The bags contained a bomb that was set to go off at 8am on August 2 but were defused by bomb disposal officers. The other bombs went off in locations around Bangkok between 7-9am on August 2, during Bangkok’s morning peak hour.

    Six bombs and six incendiary devices detonated on August 2 as Bangkok hosted the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting. Police believe the day was chosen to co-incide with the regional meeting to ’embarrass’ the Thai government.

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  • Police chief transferred for allowing prostitution in Pattaya, foreign bar owners deported and blacklisted

    The chief of the Pattaya police and four of his high ranking deputies have all been transferred after a raid on Coming Bar in Soi 6, Pattaya, uncovered sex for sale and an underage sex worker.

    The foreign owners are all being deported and blacklisted.

    And the Bang Lamung district chief has ordered the bar shut for five years for damaging the image of tourism in Pattaya and Thailand.

    Channel 7 reported yesterday that the Chonburi police chief Pol Maj-Gen Nanthachart Suphamongkhon had axed the acting head of the Pattaya police Pol Col Pongphan Wongmaneethet and four of his deputies.

    The media did not say what was their immediate fate but they said that the transfer was for allowing prostitution to go on in Pattaya.

    Pol Col Pongphan was one of the principals in charge during a recent exercise in Walking Street that was ridiculed after all manner of officials failed to find any evidence of prostitution or drug taking in Thailand’s most recognizable red light district.

    He was also the officer pictured smiling from ear to ear when taking part in the presentation of a check for 5,000 baht to the family of a Russian tourist killed in a recent accident in Pattaya.

    This exercise was slammed by Thais and expatriates alike as disgraceful and disgusting.

    Channel 7 said that the foreign owners of Coming Bar in Soi 6 would all be deported and blacklisted from entering Thailand.

    In earlier reports about the raid in which a 17-year-old sex worker was found it was stated that the owners were a consortium of Taiwanese, Chinese and Thai nationals.

    Bang Lamung district chief Amnat Charoensri said that he had ordered the bar shut for five years and that the case had damaged the image of a tourist town (Pattaya) and the image of the country.

    This was because prostitution – and underage prostitution – was found at the bar.

     

  • Prostitution is a respectable career, say Thai girls

    A group of women sit around a table making dreamcatchers with colourful bits of yarn, chatting about their families, work and the thick smog enveloping Chiang Mai city in northern Thailand.

    Just another workplace scene, except the women are all sex workers who meet their clients at Can Do Bar, which they own as a collective, benefitting from health insurance, fixed hours and time off – which are typically denied to sex workers.

    The bar was set up in 2006 by Empower Foundation, a non-profit founded in Bangkok’s Patpong red-light district for sex workers who are still stigmatised despite widespread tolerance of Thailand’s thriving sex industry.

    Thousands of Thai and migrant sex workers have learned from Empower to negotiate with bar and massage parlour owners for better conditions, and to lobby the government to decriminalise their work to improve their incomes, safety and wellbeing.

    “People say we should stop doing what we do, and sew or bake cookies instead – but why are only those jobs considered appropriate?” said Mai Chanta, a 30-something native of Chiang Mai, who has been a sex worker for about eight years.

    “This is what we choose to do, and we feel a sense of pride and satisfaction that we are just like other workers,” said Mai, dressed in a calf-length skirt and a t-shirt that reads “United Sex Workers Nations”.

    Millions of women across the world choose sex work to make an income. Yet only a few countries – including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Senegal and Peru – recognise it as legal, leaving prostitutes elsewhere vulnerable to abuse.

    In Thailand – where stigma against sex work is deep-rooted as across much of Asia – prostitution is illegal and punishable by a fine of 1,000 baht ($32) and customers who pay for sex with underage workers can be jailed for up to six years.

    There are 123,530 sex workers in Thailand, according to a 2014 UNAIDS report. Advocacy groups put the figure at more than twice that number, including tens of thousands of migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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    Thailand’s modern sex industry is believed to have been established with the setting up of Japanese military bases during World War II. It expanded quickly during the Vietnam War, when U.S. troops came to Bangkok for their recreation breaks.

    Over the years, the country has come to be known for sex tourism, with large numbers of male visitors frequenting bars, massage parlours and karaoke lounges that have multiplied as tourist numbers soared.

    Although prostitution has been illegal since 1960, the law is almost invariably ignored as the lucrative business provides pay-offs to untold numbers of officials and policemen.

    But sex workers in Thailand have struggled to grow a movement to demand their human, civil and labour rights, in the same way others did, from Canada to Australia, in the 1970s.

    Since a military government took charge in 2014, Thailand’s ubiquitous brothels have been hit by a spate of police raids as tourism authorities pledged to transform the country into a luxury destination for moneyed tourists.

    Increased global efforts to combat trafficking often provide a pretext to crack down on sex workers, human rights groups say.

    “Raid and rescue” operations by the police and charities often use laws related to migrant workers and trafficking to fine, detain, prosecute and deport sex workers, said Liz Hilton at Empower Foundation.

    “The authorities justify the raids saying there is trafficking, but most sex workers in Thailand are in it because it pays more than many other jobs that are accessible to them,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    “These women have families to support; legalising sex work would mean they can work with dignity, and without judgment or fear,” she said.

    The majority of sex workers are women, who can earn between two and 10 times the daily minimum wage – which is 325 baht in Bangkok – according to Empower Foundation.

    A government official said the raids are meant to check trafficking of migrants and underage prostitution and that authorities have provided sex workers with healthcare and vocational training.

    “We have discussed legalising prostitution, but it is not an option, as we do not want to be seen as encouraging it,” said Pornsom Paopramot, inspector general at the social development ministry.

    “We want to send out the message that sex tourism is not something that we want to be known for. Legalising prostitution will not back that message,” she said.

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    Legalising prostitution could reduce the stigma that sex workers are “deviant and immoral”, improve their work conditions and help combat trafficking, said Borislav Gerasimov, an expert with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in

    Women (GAATW).

    Thailand is a source, transit and destination country for trafficking, with an estimated 610,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index 2018 by charity Walk Free Foundation.

    The U.S. State Department recognised Thailand’s “significant efforts” to eliminate trafficking with a new task force, and more prosecutions and convictions, by upgrading it to Tier 2 in its latest Trafficking in Persons report.

    But while human trafficking is prevalent in industries such as fishing, the government’s pursuit of sex workers is keeping it from better protecting them, said Anna Olsen at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangkok.

    “Trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a serious issue, but it is distinct from sex work,” she said.

    “The conflation of the two fails to recognise that working in the sex industry is a practical decision for many.” The general election in March saw several LGBT+ candidates promising to decriminalise sex work.

    The women at Can Do Bar are hopeful, said Ping Pong, a founder member of Empower Foundation.

    “When we started, we were told, ‘You are sex workers – you can’t get social security, you can’t get time off.’ But we did,” she said.

    “We are not going to sit around waiting for someone else to do things for us. There is a new government now, and we are ready to knock on the new labour minister’s door,” she said.

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