Malaysian, Thais arrested in Facebook human trafficking bust

Six Thai women were trafficked by the accused in the past five years. (Shutterstock)

Thai authorities have arrested a Malaysian man and two Thai women accused of luring other women into prostitution overseas via Facebook, officials said on Friday.

Police Lt. Col. Komvich Padhanarath said that the three suspects had allegedly recruited women on Facebook and forced them to work as sex workers in Kuala Lumpur.

He said the Department of Special Investigation, tipped off by anti-slavery group Freeland, apprehended Kheng Hsiang Low and two women at three different locations in Thailand this week.

Komvich said Low would con the victims by telling them that they were going to work in restaurants and spas.

The three are facing charges of human trafficking, forcing women into prostitution and taking part in a transnational crime network.

Komvich added that six Thai women were trafficked by the syndicate in the past five years.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46