Police to arrest culprits who exploited 17-year-old in flesh trade in South Korea

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BANGKOK, 22 May 2013  Police have issued an arrest warrant for a human trafficker that supplied a 17-year-old girl to a massage parlor in South Korea, and are preparing to issue warrants for a South Korean man and his Thai accomplice who run the parlor. 

Police Major General Chawalit Sawaengphuet, chief of human trafficking suppression, Royal Thai Police, revealed that an arrest warrant was issued for the aunt of the 17-year-old for facilitating child prostitution.

The 17-year-old girl, who worked at Ayutthaya massage house in Seoul, has been put under the care of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.

Investigators are checking whether “Wat Pho”, another massage shop in Seoul found to have also been involved in prostitution, is related with the Ayutthaya massage shop.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Chawalit also said people looking to work abroad should check with the Department of Employment whether the job they are seeking really did exist; this would prevent job seekers from possibly being tricked into the flesh trade.