Locals in central Thailand's Lopburi Province, known for its rampant monkey population, are begging tourists to stop giving monkeys cigarettes.
Officials from the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Authority (PACC) raided Nataree Massage after being notified that the establishment was using trafficked women under the age of 18. The raid took place on June 7, 2016, but it became known only now.
Officers arrested 119 women illegally earning money through prostitution. Seven of the group were under the age of 18: one was Thai and the rest were Burmese.
Business owner Prasert Suhi and manager Sommai Padsing were arrested for involvement in human trafficking, providing asylum to illegal migrants, performing erotic massages without permission, and sexually exploiting children under the age of 18. Other employees involved in corruption were arrested on various charges.
The owner faces 13 years in prison, and the manager and other employees - from 8 to 12 years.
The names of 25 alleged government officials were listed in three documents, and hidden transfers were sent to their departments.
Payment transfers ranged from 5,000 to 80,000 baht. In total, the business generated about 600,000 baht per month for government officials from its 19 million baht monthly income.
The PACC report showed that four police officers were actively involved in all illegal transactions. Their identities are not revealed. Two of them have been convicted by a criminal court, the other two are still awaiting sentencing.
It is reported that the first police officer was the commander of the Metropolitan Police Department, Senior Sergeant Major C. He took money from the massage parlor 65 times, totaling 641,000 baht.
On February 2 this year, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison instead of the original 325 years.
The second police officer is reportedly the Immigration Bureau Squad Leader, Senior Police Sergeant Y. He has received money from the business 17 times, totaling more than 1.3 million baht.
Sergeant Major Y was sentenced by the Criminal Court on Monday. He was originally sentenced to 85 years in prison, but the sentence was reduced to 50 years.
The PACC added in the report that the case helped elevate Thailand's trafficking situation to the level of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). In July this year, Thailand was upgraded from the Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2.