DSI raids “Victoria Secret” massage parlour for alleged human trafficking

Department of  Investigation (DSI) officials and soldiers on Friday afternoon (Jan 12) raided a popular Bangkok massage parlour in Huai Kwang district and rescued over 100 women, most of them are Myanmar nationals.

The joint-task force led by DSI deputy director-general Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul, raided Victoria Secret massage parlour on Rama 9 road at about 4.30pm after they gained evidence that several migrant and underage workers were believed to have been forced to work as prostitutes there.

The DSI earlier received complaint from a women protection foundation that it had rescued a 12-year-old Myanmar girl, lured into prostitution there in 2014 and another six girls were rescued from the place last year. A man she identified as “Sia Kob” was said to force her into prostitution.

According to the Department of Provincial Administration’s special task force which joined the operation, a total of 113 women were found inside the massage parlour. Of these women, 96 are Myanmar nationals, 11 are Lao, 4 are Thai, and 2 are Chinese.

Six people, including Boonsap Amornrattanakhiri, 55, or Sia Kob, was arrested.

Pol Col Songsak said Mr Boonsap was wanted for human trafficking in the case of the 12-year-old Myanmar girl, allegedly confined and forced into prostitution at the massage parlour.

He said the DSI would gather evidence to charge the owner and operator of the massage parlour after questioning all the women saved from the premise.

He said although the massage parlour operates legally, it could face permanent shutdown under the military junta’s police to rid of human trafficking.

Earlier, Nataree, another popular massage parlour in Bangkok’s Din Daeng area, was shut down indefinitely for alleged human trafficking.