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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in a process of identifying police officers whose names or positions appear on Victoria Secret massage parlour’s customer list seized during the Jan 12 raid.
The raid of the massage parlor was conducted by officials from the DSI, the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) and military personnel. A total of 113 women were found working in the parlor during the raid–96 of them are Burmese, 11 Laotians, four Thais and two Chinese.
The manager of the massage parlor, identified as Boonsap Amornrattanasiri, or “Pa Kob” was arrested with five other staff members, including the chief promoter whose job is to woo customers.
Mr Boonsap was wanted on human trafficking charge after authorities rescued a 12-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution at the massage parlour in 2015. He is now being detained at the detention cell of the Criminal Court.
During the raid, authorities also found documents with a long list of police officers who visited the massage parlour and received special discounts or even free service.
Some documents seen by media contain positions and units of the police officers visiting the premise late last year.
Ronnasit Proeksayajiva, chief investigator at Nvader, New Zealand-founded non-profit organization combating human trafficking which had been working with the DSI in the raid, said Nvader never sought cooperation from the local police to take action against vice dens such as massage parlors because it knew that police are fully aware of the illegal activity there and have chosen to turn their blind eyes.
A source from the DSI said investigators are verifying the documents and identifying police officers who are alleged customers of the massage parlour. After that, police officers whose names or position appeared in the documents would be invited for questioning.
Ratthawit Chitsurachitwong, of the PODA’s Criminal Investigation Division, said the women there were forced to work 12 days in a row before they could get a day-off and each of them was forced to sleep with three men each day.
He further said that about 10 of the 113 women could be under 18 years old.