Pattaya’s police chief, Pol. Col. Kullachart Kullachai was immediately transferred to an inactive post at Command Center in Chonburi after he failed to tackle human trafficking issues that had significantly increased in the famous tourist city of Pattaya. The order was signed on Sunday Sep 18, by Chonburi’s Commander of the Provincial Police, Pol. Maj. Gen. Atthasit Kijjaharn.
The latest human trafficking incident involved the mysterious death of Kyrgyzstani woman, Anara Seitaleva, 30, who had reported to police Sept. 13, that she was forced into the sex business in Pattaya by a group of Chinese citizens. On Sep 16, three days after talking to police, she jumped from a friend’s 7th floor apartment to her death.
Acting on Anara’s report, police searched a house in central Pattaya area, and arrested Wang Gang, 45, a male Chinese national whose information had led police to issue arrest warrants for three Chinese human traffickers namely Mr. Nin Wai Siu, 48, Ms. Song Qianli, 32, and Ms. Rou li, 27. Ms. Rou Li was arrested and brought to Pattaya police station for further interrogation on Sunday. Police are now searching for the rest of the gang members.
A committee has been set up to investigate and evaluate Pol. Col. Kullachart’s negligent police work. Meanwhile Pol. Col. Mekhawit Praditphol, Chonburi’s Deputy Commander of the Provincial Police, was appointed as an acting Pattaya police chief effective immediately until September 30.