Thai Police arrest two men for trafficking women into Brunei

Hakim Hayat

Thailand Police’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) yesterday arrested two men from the North of Thailand for allegedly luring Thai women into forced prostitution in Brunei Darussalam by offering them jobs as masseuses with monthly salaries of up to BND8,700, The Bangkok Post reported yesterday.

The report cited a quote from ATPD commander Pol Major General Siam Boonsom, who said Rachen Sooksorn, 49, was arrested in tambon Wiang Nuea of Wiang Chai district in Chiang Rai and Somchai Sukson, 55, was apprehended in tambon Klang Wiang of Wiang Sa district in Nan province.

The report added that police charged them with trafficking women into forced prostitution, following complaints from two Thai women who fled to the Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam on March 31, 2019.

The women told police that Rachen’s group allegedly offered them work as masseuses in the Sultanate with a monthly return of BND4,000 to BND8,700 saying they would have free meals and accommodation and would not have to pay for their job placement.

The women said they had been forced into prostitution upon arrival in Bandar Seri Begawan.

They had not received anything in return and their passports and money had been seized.

The report said last year, two Thai women were arrested in connection with the case.

Pannipa Sukson was arrested and detained in Brunei Darussalam and Kwannapa Yenjai was held at Klong Prem Central Prison.

Rachen and Somchai denied the charges and were being held in police custody.