Five Wang Thong Lang police officers transferred over massage parlour raid

Five senior police officers at Bangkok’s Wang Thong Lang police station were abruptly transferred to inactive jobs at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) after Friday’s night raid of a massage parlour where over a hundred of women, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued.

The order was signed by MPB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Chanthep Sesavej today (Jan 13) after over 100 officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and soldiers raided Victoria Secret massage parlour and netted Boonsap Amornrattanakhiri, 55, for human trafficking charge.

The five officers are: Pol Col Thammanoon Bunruang, the superintendent, Pol Lt Col Naren Kruengsanuk, the deputy superintendent for investigation, Pol Lt Col Phichai Toontham, the deputy superintendent for suppression, Pol Lt Col Dechawat Khankasikam, suppression inspector, and Pol Lt Col Prachya Bunyuen, investigation inspector.

Pol Lt Gen Chanthep said the transfer would ensure transparency in the investigation into the operation of the massage parlour, which is located on Rama 9 road in Huai Kwang district under the jurisdiction of Wang Thong Lang police station.

Mr Boonsap was wanted for human trafficking in the case of the 12-year-old Myanmar girl, allegedly confined and forced to sexual service but later rescued by a woman foundation from this massage parlour in 2015.

Of the 113 women rescued from the premise on Friday, 10 were suspected to be underage.