5 cops transferred over youngster prostitution ring at Patong bar

Five officers from Patong Police Station have been transferred after they were connected to the kid prostitution scandal at a bar within the Patong neighbourhood of Phuket.
More -trafficking organisation, the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA), discovered evidence to implicate the officers concerned within the baby prostitution racket on the Velvet bar, which saw the eventual rescue of six teenage ladies aged under 18 years outdated yesterday.
High-ranking officers from Patong Police Station, answerable for supervising the world, had been accused of carelessness and enabling the bar to supply intercourse companies to foreigners.
A additional investigation is underway to verify each officer’s innocence. Meanwhile, the related officers were transferred to work at Phuket Provincial Police Office whereas 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 shall be temporarily working on the Phuket Provincial Police Office until their innocence is confirmed by way of the investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY: Patong bar raided for baby prostitution, 6 teenagers rescued
The particular operation unit from the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) conducted an undercover raid on Velvet bar on Bangla Walking Street within the Patong neighbourhood of Phuket yesterday after being notified of kid prostitution involving youngsters underneath 18 years old.
The international anti-trafficking organisation, Operation Underground Railroad, complained to the DOPA that Velvet bar on Bangla Walking Street lured teenage girls aged beneath 18 years previous into offering intercourse providers to foreign prospects.
After conducting an investigation to verify the criticism, the DOPA found that Velvet bar was secretly offering intercourse services to international clients, regardless of working as a regular bar. The bar was operated with no license as well. Consequently, the officers divided into two teams and carried out raids on the bar and a nearby hotel at 8pm yesterday.
During the bar raid, officers arrested two women including the bar manager, Taksakorn “Nam” Suppa-akkarapokin, and a intercourse employee agent named Watcharaporn “Uki” Thongmark. The two had been charged with operating entertainment venues with out permission and human trafficking.
The penalty for operating a bar with out permission will end in imprisonment of up to one year, a fantastic of up to 60,000 baht, or each according to Section 26(22) of the Entertainment Place Act. They also face imprisonment of four to 12 years and a fine of 400,000 to 1,200,000 baht for seeking personal advantages from child prostitution in accordance with Section 6 of the Act on Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking.
At a nearby hotel, officers discovered six teenagers, the youngest was 16 years outdated, providing sex companies to customers. They would be transferred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), where they would be interviewed after which despatched to a children’s shelter for further mind-healing processes.
Marked down of the DOPA, Ronnarong Thipsiri, underlined that human trafficking was a crucial problem in Thailand that might negatively affect the country’s picture and financial system. The authority vowed to proceed its efforts in suppressing human trafficking to upgrade the nation within the US’s annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 1..

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