The de-facto owners of Victoria’s: The Secret Forever, which allegedly engaged in human trafficking and prostitution, might have already fled the country, Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol Lt-General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said on Tuesday.
Kampol Weerathepsuporn, 61 and his wife, Nipa Weerathepsuporn, 68, have not been sighted in Thailand since arrest warrants for them were issued on January 19.
Police had previously maintained that immigration records suggested the couple was still in the country.
However, Srivara said on Tuesday the couple might have sneaked out of the country at unofficial border crossings.
“But even without their arrest, we believe there is enough evidence to pursue the case,” he said.
Several suspects are already in detention, including Kampol’s younger sister, who owned Victoria’s on paper.
Srivara said the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) and Revenue Department would investigate the financial transactions of Sasitorn, other people involved in the issue and related entertainment venues for the past 10 years.
“We will also investigate the allegation that Victoria’s was linked to an international human-trafficking ring,” he said.
He added that Victoria’s and Copa Cabana massage parlours would also face charges of violating environmental laws after tests revealed the venues might have illegally tapped groundwater.