5 cops transferred over baby prostitution ring at Patong bar

Five officers from Patong Police Station were transferred after they have been related to the kid prostitution scandal at a bar within the Patong neighbourhood of Phuket.
The Operation Underground Railroad anti-trafficking organisation, the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA), discovered evidence to implicate the officers concerned within the youngster prostitution racket on the Velvet bar, which saw the eventual rescue of six teenage women aged under 18 years previous yesterday.
High-ranking officers from Patong Police Station, responsible for supervising the area, have been accused of carelessness and enabling the bar to provide intercourse services to foreigners.
A additional investigation is underway to verify each officer’s innocence. Meanwhile, the relevant officers were transferred to work at Phuket Provincial Police Office while the investigation is underway.
The officers transferred included Patong Police Station superintendent Sujin Ninbordee, deputy superintendent Somporn Surin, and three police inspectors, Naruebordin Pangleesen, Wuttiwat Liangboonjinda, and Suchart Choomphusaeng.
These officers will be quickly working at the Phuket Provincial Police Office until their innocence is proven by way of the investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY: Patong bar raided for child prostitution, 6 youngsters rescued
The special operation unit from the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) carried out an undercover raid on Velvet bar on Bangla Walking Street in the Patong neighbourhood of Phuket yesterday after being notified of child prostitution involving teenagers beneath 18 years old.
The international anti-trafficking organisation, Operation Underground Railroad, complained to the DOPA that Velvet bar on Bangla Walking Street lured teenage ladies aged under 18 years outdated into providing sex companies to overseas clients.
After conducting an investigation to verify the criticism, the DOPA found that Velvet bar was secretly providing intercourse services to foreign customers, despite working as a regular bar. The bar was operated with no license as nicely. Consequently, the officers divided into two teams and carried out raids on the bar and a close-by lodge at 8pm yesterday.
During the bar raid, officers arrested two ladies together with the bar manager, Taksakorn “Nam” Suppa-akkarapokin, and a sex employee agent named Watcharaporn “Uki” Thongmark. The two were charged with working entertainment venues without permission and human trafficking.
Replicate for working a bar with out permission will end in imprisonment of up to one year, a nice of up to 60,000 baht, or each in accordance with Section 26(22) of the Entertainment Place Act. They also face imprisonment of 4 to 12 years and a fantastic of four hundred,000 to 1,200,000 baht for seeking private benefits from youngster prostitution based on Section 6 of the Act on Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking.
At a nearby hotel, officers found six youngsters, the youngest was 16 years outdated, offering sex providers to prospects. They can be transferred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the place they’d be interviewed and then despatched to a children’s shelter for additional mind-healing processes.
The Inspector of the DOPA, Ronnarong Thipsiri, underlined that human trafficking was a critical issue in Thailand that would negatively have an result on the country’s picture and financial system. The authority vowed to continue its efforts in suppressing human trafficking to improve the country in the US’s annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 1..

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