AMLO may seize assets of group that ‘raped girl and forced her into sex work’

Kingdom Grieves April 21, 2017 16:36

By Suriya Patathayo
The Nation

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THE Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) will consider seizing the assets of a gang that procured a 14-year-old girl for sexual services. The move comes in response to a request submitted by the family of the victim, who was gang raped.

Evidence suggests the minor was sexually attacked in Dan Chang district in Suphan Buri last November and then coerced into the flesh trade. 

The Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) has already taken action on this case, because the victim was a minor and the alleged crime against her constituted human trafficking – not just prostitution. 

The girl was hospitalised for three weeks after the incident and suffered both physical and emotional trauma. She has been put under the care of a state-run shelter for rehabilitation. 

Her mother lamented yesterday that she was so sad that she would prefer die than see her daughter undergo such a horrific ordeal. 

“Please give us justice,” she said with a shaky voice yesterday after a meeting with Deputy National Police Commissioner General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul and AHTD chief Kornchai Klayklueng. 

The investigation into the alleged gang rape and pressure to do commercial sex work has progressed quickly after lawyer Songkran Atchariyasap, who chairs a network that targets threats to the nation, religion and monarchy, helped the victim’s family contact relevant officials.

On Tuesday, Srivara agreed to meet the girl’s mother and look into the case. 

Several suspects have now been arrested in connection with the alleged crimes against the girl. 

Songkran yesterday submitted further evidence to police, saying there were three to four more suspects in the sexual procurement ring. 

Kornchai said police were in the process of seeking an arrest warrant for at least one more suspect. 

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