A Thai police probe into a gang that allegedly procured teenage sex slaves has ensnared at least four officers, investigators said Monday, the latest scandal to engulf a force with an already poor reputation.
Revelations of a child sex ring first emerged last week when a mother said her teen daughter had been pimped out for the last year to influential officials in northern Mae Hong Song province, one of Thailand's poorest regions.
Days of lurid headlines followed with allegations that senior police and regional officials were involved in the ring.
On Monday national investigators confirmed warrants had now been issued for four officers with the rank of sergeant and above.
"A court today issued arrest warrants against three policemen for raping women," deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said.
A warrant has also been issued for a fourth officer and two female pimps have already been arrested.
At least eight other people - including three high ranking police officers - are under investigation as suspected pimps, he added.
Thailand's police forces have a notorious reputation for corruption, a scourge that can be even more acute in the regional provinces.