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Some 21 Thai women who were lured into the sex trade in Muscat, Oman, have been freed.
The women who thought they would be working as masseuses in a spa were lured with a Facebook page offering work that was run by both foreigners and Thais, reported Daily News.
The ad on the page “Pattaya job search – apply for work” said that Thai women could earn 100,000 baht a month and all travel expenses would be met.
But when the victims arrived in Muscat, the capital of Oman, their passports were taken and they were imprisoned in a six floor apartment building. Their captors said they were in debt to them to the tune of 1,600 Omani riyals or 160,000 baht.
They were forced to work from 7pm to 5am getting customers by the side of the road. If they didn’t get a customer they were forced to sleep on the sidewalk.
All their money from the sex was taken from them to service the debt.
They were told that they could have their passport back and go in 2-3 months when the debt was paid.
It was reported that few of the men wore condoms.
Three women had managed to flee the brothel on the 5th of August and got to the Thai embassy in Muscat before being repatriated.
Yesterday Thai authorities working with their Omani counterparts said that a further 21 women had been freed.
Thai police said they have five suspects naming two as Omar and Nuat of unspecified nationality.
No further details about the arrests were given.
Thai Visa / Daily News