Pattaya massage parlor raided for trafficking Thais overseas

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Authorities raided a Pattaya massage parlor that allegedly was trafficking Thai masseuses to South Korea.

Pattaya police and representatives from the Chonburi Employment Office set up the Feb. 13 sting operation that snared Chalida Thai Massage.

Authorities said Chalida was charging a 14,000 baht service charge and 3,500 baht for a training course to find Thai women to work in South Korea. Employment Office staffer Saranya Kaewboonruan went undercover to determine the fees and called in officers once money was exchanged.

Police arrested owner Chalida Seesudakul, 40, for acting as an overseas employment agent without permission.

Officials also questioned South Korean agent Oh Heechang, 44, who worked with the massage shop and was enjoying a rubdown at the time of the raid. He was released without charge.