Thai police nab 11 over human trafficking

Thai police nab 11 over human trafficking

HAADYAI: Thai authorities have arrested 11 suspects involved in the human trafficking syndicate but they are keeping mum on whether Malaysians are involved.

Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner-General Aek Angsananont said 49 warrants were issued but only 11 had been arrested so far.

"Of the 11, eight are government servants from the Padang Besar and Sadao districts in Songkhla province.

"We are still hunting the remaining 38 suspects but we know some of them could have already escaped from Thailand," he said.

He said that more than 500 enforcement personnel from several agencies, including the military and Anti-Money Laundering Office, were involved in the human trafficking crackdown.

When asked if Malaysians were among the 49 wanted by the police, Provincial Police Region 9 Deputy Commissioner Puthichart Ekachant was tight-lipped.

"Top secret, top secret. Some information we cannot give, I'm so sorry because this is the process of investigation, I'm sorry," he said.

He added that they had not found any other trafficking camps besides the four uncovered recently.

Since the discovery of mass graves and bodies on the mountain south of Thailand at the Malaysia-Thailand border, more than 50 police officers of various ranks have been transferred from their posts.

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