Woman faces jail for trafficking girls after karaoke raid in Thailand

Woman faces jail for trafficking girls after karaoke raid in Thailand

A Thai woman faces a ten-year prison term and a hefty fine after police raided a karaoke bar and found scantily clad underage girls serving alcohol in the Lat Yao district of central Thailand.


In response to complaints from local residents, law enforcement officers from the Department of Provincial Administration (DPA) broke into Ran Theederm Karaoke Bar in Mu 11 Village in Lat Yao and arrested the owner, Suwansu Kevfinit, just after midnight today.


Police spotted 14 teenage girls dressed in sexy lingerie serving drinks, two of them under 18, and entertaining guests.

Ronnarong Tipsiri, task force director, and Lat District Chief Yao Watchharaporn Tenmi said one of the girls was 17 and the other 15.

Police said the store was previously run by the owner's husband, Nitiwat Rotjanasukkaset, 42, who is in jail after accidentally shooting a 15-year-old girl while playing with a gun last January.


Police charged Souvance with running a bar without a license, selling alcohol after hours, and encouraging underage girls to engage in inappropriate activities.

The 43-year-old woman may face other charges of human trafficking. The DPA Law Enforcement Task Force believes that six of the 14 girls were victims of human trafficking.

According to the Law of Thailand, section 52, "whoever commits the offense of human trafficking shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of four to ten years and a fine of 80,000 to 200,000 baht."

An operator dispensing alcohol without a license can be fined up to 100,000 baht.

The police investigation is ongoing.