Thai police crack open two major international trafficking rings

In an expansive sting operation, police netted several suspects believed to be involved in two human-trafficking cases – one getting Thais illegal jobs in Cambodia and the other involving Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

Former Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, who has been reinstated as assistant police chief, and deputy police chief Pol General Roy Inkapairo jointly made the announcement on Friday.

Suspects Ubolrat Puttapraisakul and Li Tianfong were arrested on Thursday in Chiang Mai’s Fang and Wiang Haeng districts respectively for allegedly tricking Thais into taking up jobs at an illegal “romance” call-centre in Sihanoukville.

Additional evidence led to the issuing of arrest warrants for 10 suspects, including four Chinese nationals, four Cambodians and two Thais.

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