DEPUTY National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, whose nickname is Big Joke, is heading for Phuket to expand investigation of sex trafficking teenage girls after two suspects were arrested in a bar raid and six victims rescued, Thai Rath newspaper said today (Mar. 17).
Pol. Maj. Gen. Wasan Techaakasen, deputy chief of Provincial Police Region 8, this afternoon went to Kathu district police station to follow up and apprehend other suspects involved in sex trafficking after two women were arrested in a raid on an entertainment venue in Soi Sea Dragon, Bangla road, Patong subdistrict, on Wednesday night. They were charged sex trafficking minors under 15 and 18 years of age.
The six rescued victims were sent to relevant agencies to take care of under the process of law.
The two suspects, Ms. Watcharaporn Thongmak or Yuki and Ms. Taksakorn Supakaraphokin, were slapped with various charges of underage prostitution but they denied all of them.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate will be focusing on delving deeper into the prostitution of minors under 15 and 18 years of age at brothels and tourist attractions in Phuket.
Police inspecting the entertainment venue in Patong raided on Wednesday night with an image of Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn inset in above photo. All photos: Thai Rath