21 men identified in girl’s forced prostitution case

Breaking News November 16, 2017 15:20

By Kampanart La-ong
The Nation

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Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police on Thursday brought two suspects allegedly involved in forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution in Ayutthaya province to apply for a court order for their first 12-day detention period.



The investigation has also discovered a list of names of 21 men who bought sex from the girl.

Retired teacher Wichai Pensawad, 61, faces charges of taking a minor under 18 away from her parents or guardian and rape of a minor, while the girl’s aunt, Pavina Thongchua, 20, faces charges including procuring a minor for prostitution, illegal detention and coercing the parent of a minor. 

CSD superintendent Pol Colonel Arun Wachirasrisukanya said investigators were checking the names of the 21 men and gathering evidence to apply for arrest warrants. 

He added that both Wichai and Pavina were facing charges that could carry jail terms of more than 10 years.

CSD officers raided an apartment in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya district to arrest Wichai and rescue the girl at 7.30pm on Tuesday following a tip-off from the Paveena Hongsakul Foundation for Women and Children.

The girl’s mother had sought help from the foundation after the girl called home, crying and saying that she had been forced into selling sex and a customer had beaten her. 

The mother told the foundation that her sister-in-law Pavina had forced her daughter into the sex trade about seven months ago. 

Pavina was later arrested and admitted that she had been soliciting customers for the girl via the Line application.

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