PM orders authorities to press human trafficking charges on all involved in Victoria Secret scandal

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to file human trafficking charges against all people involved in the Victoria Secret scandal, including state officials.

“I have ordered relevant state agencies to take legal action against all, including operators, supporters as well as state officials. More inquiries will be needed and investigation must expand. I would like to warn entertainment venue operators not to allow this to happen again,” he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon assured that authorities would handle the case straightly.

Commenting on names of some senior local police officers appearing on the Victoria Secret’s list of customers receiving special discount or free services, Gen Prawit said those whose names appeared on the list have already denied visiting the massage parlour with some of them said they were with families at the time they were said to have visited the place.

However investigation was needed to find out the truth, he said.

Thailand continued to be in the Tier 2 Watch List in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, as the Thai government had not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the US State Department said.

The government expected that Thai authorities’ anti-human trafficking operations would lead to Thailand being upgraded in this year’s TIP report.

Meanwhile, the operator of Victoria Secret Mrs Sasithorn Wirathepsuporn turned herself in to the police today (Jan 16) after Wang Thong Lang police sought a warrant from the Criminal Court to arrest her and seven others for 13 charges ranging from human trafficking, prostitution to violation of immigration law.

She surrendered herself to Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Sriwara Ransibhramanakul.

She denied all charges filed against her.

Pol Gen Sriwara  said investigation has revealed that all suspects have connection with 10 other  entertainment places and 6-7 of them were involved in applying for registration of the places.

The Department of Provincial Administration today lodged complaint against Victoria Secret operators with Wang Thong Lang police after examination found that 11 of 113 women rounded up from the massage parlour during the Jan 12 operation are underage.