‘Sia Kamphol’ of Victoria’s Secret is yet to surrender

The owner of Victoria’s Secret massage parlour and his wife have not yet contacted any officials to turn themselves in to acknowledge the charges against them, Department of Special Investigation director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang said on Saturday.

The Criminal Court has issued warrants for the arrest of Mr Kamphol “Sia Kamphol” Veerathepsuporn and his wife, Mrs Nipa, wanted by the DSI on a string of charges, including human trafficking, procurement for prostitution, providing shelter to known illegal immigrants among others.

Pol Col Paisit said he would meet with officials charged with handling the case to discuss the case next week.

The DSI has taken over investigation of the case from the police and treated it as a special case.

It was reported that a police team went to Mr Kamphol’s residence in Pathum Thani, but could not locate him or his wife.

Immigration officials have also been put on alert to prevent the couple from running out of the country.

Meanwhile, Lt-Col Kornthip Darote, acting secretary-general of the Public Sectors’ Anti-Corruption Committee, said that officials could not yet take any legal action against the officials named in just a few alphabets in the massage parlour’s logbook because they could not be identified.

Also, he said staff at the massage parlour claimed they could not recognize the faces of all their customers, but officials would check from the premise’s CCTV system and the credit cards used by the officials in paying for the service.

In the meantime, Mrs Heman Toi, a member of a civic group dedicated to help Myanmar migrants in Thailand, said more women from Myanmar had entered sex trade in Thailand because of the attractive returns.

She added, however, that several of the women were lured into the sex trade while others voluntarily joined.