13 girls rescued after raid on karaoke bar in Chiang Mai

Girls at a nightclub in Thailand

Girls at a nightclub in Thailand. Photo: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.

Provincial Police Region 5 officers joined forces with anti-human trafficking organisations to raid a karaoke bar in Chiang Mai’s Muang district yesterday and rescue 13 female workers, including three girls aged under 18.

Together with the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Unit Northern Thailand (Trafcord) and the Counter Human Trafficking Unit (CTU), police raided the “Mida” karaoke bar in Tambon Chang Pheuk at 12.30am and arrested bar manager and cashier Peerapat Mayer, 29, and three associates, Apha Thakhamma, 22, Songpong Mayer, 20, and Narongrit Chaiyawan, 38.

They also seized as evidence the bar’s two account books, Bt2,500 in cash used in the police sting operation, another Bt3,760 in cash, one plastic coin worth Bt200 for a sex worker to trade for payment from the bar, and three motorcycles used to deliver the sex workers.

Read more: The Nation

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