Nine sex workers, including two 16-year-old girls and four 17-year-olds, were rounded up at a karaoke bar in Samut Prakan’s Bang Sao Thong district on Thursday night.
Administrative officials led by an Interior Ministry-assigned task force raided the bar after an anti-human trafficking non-governmental organisation complained that it might be providing underage prostitution services.
The 8.30pm raid also led to the arrest of bar owners Jariya Phusua, 42 and Mongkolchai Pornrattanakul, 46 for operating without a proper licence. Officials have also passed their files to the police to investigate if the couple should also charged with human trafficking.
The under-18 girls were separated and sent for protection and rehabilitation under the wing of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.