Human-trafficking police rescued a 14-year-old Rayong girl allegedly pimped out for prostitution by her mother and sold to foreigners by a pregnant Pattaya woman.
Using an undercover foreign police volunteer as cover, police May 21 arrested Panthippa Kampan, 38, after she allegedly took 1,500 baht for the child at the Paragon Place Apartments in Naklua. Inside, officers found the girl sitting in a towel and robe.
Panthippa Kampan (left) and Jiraporn Sa-ngob (right) have been arrested for allegedly pimping out Jiraporn’s 14-year-old daughter.
Panthippa reportedly confessed to police she’d been hired for 500 baht by the girl’s mother, Jiraporn Sa-ngob, to sell her daughter to foreigner tourists.
The alleged pimp, two months pregnant, said she needed the 500 baht for an illegal abortion.
Questioned by police, the 14-year-old told police she’d been raped by her cousin when she was 9 and that her mother forced her to drop out of school in sixth grade. After that, she was pressed into working so her Jiraporn could pay back the money for 13 watches that disappeared from a Royal Garden Plaza boutique where she once worked.
Panthippa, charged with human trafficking and pandering a minor, was persuaded to contact the girl’s mother for a meeting. Police then took the mother into custody while a formal arrest warrant was prepared.
The victimized girl was placed under the care of the Social Welfare Department.