A businessman and his wife who are wanted suspects following a Bangkok massage parlour raid are believed to still be in Thailand, Immigration Bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sutthipong Wongpin said on Sunday.
Information about Kampol Weerathepsuporn, 61 and his wife, Nipa Weerathepsuporn, 68, has been sent to all immigration checkpoints nationwide, while officers have been sent to patrol natural border-crossing channels the suspects might use to escape, said Sutthipong.
There are no reports of them leaving the country, he added.
Kampol, 61, has been fingered as the real owner of the Bangkok-based massage parlour, Victoria’s: The Secret Forever, which was raided on January 12 over suspicion that it engaged in underage prostitution and human trafficking.
After former parlour owner Chuvit Kamolvisit named Kampol as the real owner despite his name not being on the business licence, the Criminal Court last Friday issued arrest warrants for him and Nipa on 12 charges, including procuring prostitution and human trafficking.
The Department of Special Investigation and the military raided the venue and rounded up more than 100 women and girls suspected of working as prostitutes there. At least 11 of the suspects were later found by preliminary tests to be under 18.
At least seven suspects have already been detained in connection with the case, including Sasithorn Weerathepsuporn, a major shareholder and the licence-holder of the business, who turned herself in to police last Tuesday.