Prosecution against human trafficking suspects in the Victoria Secret massage parlour scandal could be delayed as the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has yet to receive investigation files from Wang Thong Lang police, a senior DSI official said.
The DSI has taken the Victoria Secret scandal as a special case which means Wang Thong Lang police has to hand over the case, which implicated several senior police officers, to the DSI for further investigation.
DSI officials went to Wang Thong Lang police station on Wednesday (Jan 17) to get all the information and documents the police have in the case. However, the police told them that they could not hand over the investigation files to the DSI until their superior at the Royal Thai Police have checked them.
DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang reportedly contacted a top officer at the Royal Thai Police to speed up the case files hand-over process.
The DSI chief later disclosed that the police would hand over all the case files to the DSI today (Jan 18).
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court has approved the police’s request to issue arrest warrants for three more suspects in the Victoria Secret case. The court earlier issued arrest warrants for eight suspects in the case, including Mrs Sasithorn Wirathepsuporn, a licence holder of Victoria Secret.
Mrs Sasithorn turned herself in to the police on Jan 16. Her bail request was rejected by the court due to the severity of the alleged offences.
In another development, former massage parlour king Chuvit Kamolvisit was invited to give information to the police after he was found to be former owner of the Victoria Secret.
Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibhramanakul said Mr Chuvit had given very useful information to the police.
Pol Gen Srivara added that police officers found to be involved in the case would face legal actions on par with the owner of the premise.
However, he noted that more evidence is needed to prove the police officers’ alleged involvement.
So far, authorities only have their names and ranks of the officers receiving discount or free service from at the massage parlour.
Pol Gen Srivara earlier said police had asked for evidence and information in the case from the DSI to use in the investigation, but nothing was delivered to the police.
“We cannot move forward because the vital evidence is not available to us. This is a big problem and there is nothing we can do but wait,” he said.
The Police General Hospital has conducted physical examination of 109 women working at Victoria Secret and found that at least 11 of them were under 18 years of age.