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Office of the Narcotics Control Board warns Thai woman against foreign men

Yesterday the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONBC) warned Thai women involved with foreign men to be careful about the dangers of being tricked or forced into trafficking drugs. During a seminar on lessons and recommendations to prevent women becoming involved in drug trafficking ONBC Deputy Chief Witthawn Sunthronkhajit said that between 2012 and 2014 one hundred and ninty Thai women had been arrested overseas for smuggling narcotics. Currently Brazil houses the most incarcerated Thai women with 35, 30 Thai woman are serving prison sentences in Japan, Malaysian jails are home to 16, and 13 Thai women are behind bars in Cambodia, the majority across the board were caught with crystal meth, cocaine and heroin. The most popular methods of smuggling drugs for Thai women is to conceal the narcotics in modified compartments of their luggage, hiding it in cosmetic and shampoo bottles and conceal the drugs about their person both internally and externally. ONCB deputy chief Witthawan Sunthornkhajit urged Thai women to beware of foreign men, particularly Africans as they are known to befriend Thai women and/or offer them jobs as a means to trick or force them into drug trafficking.

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