Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/JAPAN: TRIO ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING THAI WOMEN INTO JAPAN.
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Aug 11 2000 - 16:55:46 EDT
7-2-00 JAPAN: TRIO ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING THAI WOMEN INTO JAPAN.
BANGKOK POST (MAIN SECTION) PAGE 2
Trio accused of smuggling Thai women into Japan
Two Korean men and a Thai woman were arrested yesterday morning for
allegedly smuggling women into Japan.
The three were identified as Jo Hun Seop, alias Kim Yong Kook, 40, Jung Jae
Wook, 28, and Mrs Chanathip Hongsamat, 29.
Pol Lt-Gen Chidchai Wansathit, chief of the Immigration Police Bureau, said
the arrests were made after two women filed a complaint last month that
they had been cheated by the three.
They said the trio had demanded 700,000 baht each for a job at a restaurant
and traditional massage parlour which was a front for a brothel.
The two women said they paid Mrs Chanathip, wife of Jo Hun Seop, 400,000
baht each in advance payment. They were put on a plane to South Korea where
an entry visa was not required.
>From Korea they travelled to Japan by hiding in the hull of a cargo ship
but were arrested on arrival there and charged with illegal entry. They
were deported to Thailand after four months in jail.
The three were initially charged with fraud and acting as job brokers
without permits. They are liable to a fine of between 50,000 and 200,000
baht, and three to ten years in jail.
Pol Lt-Gen Chidchai said the gang was led by a Thai woman identified as Mrs
Maneerat Uawuthitham. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
The woman is said to have been involved in the smuggling of Thai and other
Asian women to third countries for prostitution for nearly 20 years.
BANGKOK POST 02/07/2000
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