The Criminal Court on Friday (Dec 1) dismissed a human-trafficking case against Monta Yokrattanakan, alias Ying Kai, citing the lack of evidence.
In this case, prosecutors of the 2nd Human-Trafficking Cases Litigation Office, charged Mrs Monta, 60, with human-trafficking for a forcing a girl aged over 15 but under 18 to work for her.
The lawsuit stated that between May 2008 and May 30, 2010 Mrs Monta lured a 16-year-old girl from Mae Hong Son to work for her in Bangkok, promising to give her a monthly salary of 5,000 baht plus financial support for her to study in a school and to send some money home. But, at Mrs Monta’s condominium at Pracha Nives in Bangkok, the girl was forced to work as a maid from 5am to 9pm everyday without holidays. She received no monthly pay except some little amount of money for expenses.
The court found in the trial that the evidence supplied by the prosecutors did not carry enough weight to prove that Mrs Monta, who earlier depicted herself as a high-society woman, had forced the girl into slave-like labour.
The court dismissed the case as there were not sufficient evidence to find Mrs Monta had committed human-trafficking.
The demand for compensation was also dismissed.
In a separate case, on Oct 19, the Criminal Court sentenced Ying Kai to three years in jail for human-trafficking. She was ordered to pay 590,007 baht compensation to a young woman who she forced to work as her maid.
Earlier in June, the Criminal Court sentenced her to seven years and six months in jail for a violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law.