Thai women lured to South Africa as sex slaves

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Melanie Orhant (mgo6@cornell.edu)
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 09:51:20 -0500


Thai women lured to South Africa as sex slaves

BANGKOK, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Thai police said on Monday they were hunting an
ethnic Chinese man and his accomplices who lured local women to South
Africa and forced them into sex slavery.

A police spokesman told Reuters at least seven Thai women had complained
they had been offered jobs in South Africa as dancers or hostesses in night
clubs but when they arrived found they were required to work as unpaid
prostitutes.

The women said they were tricked into paying the gang a ``commission'' for
their tickets, work permits and employment before they left Thailand. In
South Africa they were forced to work day and night, they said.

``Some of them have already returned home and some are in the process of
repatriation,'' said the police spokesman.

He said the operation appeared to be part of a well-organised business
sending Thai women and girls to Africa but did not say how the women had
managed to escape.

00:44 08-24-98

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Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
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