Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Human trafficking suspect's assets seized | Bangkok Post: news

Source:  Bangkok Post: news


The Anti-Money Laundering Office's board has ordered the seizure of about 320 million baht worth of assets of a Songkhla province woman suspected of pimping and human trafficking.
Pol Capt Suwanee Sawaengpol, deputy secretary-general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo), said the temporary asset seizure covers money in bank accounts, two land plots in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province and an apartment building in Songkhla _ all owned by Pranom Praekhoksung, 58.
The action follows a complaint from the Laos embassy in Thailand that two Lao girls aged 15 were lured into forced prostitution in Thailand.
The complaint prompted police to raid Charlie 259 karaoke shop and Charlie Spa House in Sadao district of Songkhla in July last year. They rescued 46 women and 24 girls aged under 18 who were reportedly forced into prostitution there.
Mrs Pranom, who operated the karaoke shop and spa, has denied the charges. Amlo is trying to determine if Mrs Pranom transferred any assets to other individuals. She has been charged with providing prostitution services and committing transnational crimes because the victims include Lao women.
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