Pol Lt Gen Thangai Prassajaksattru, the chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, told a press conference yesterday that Noppadon Thongsata, 28, from Roi Et, had been arrested on human trafficking charges for allegedly sending seven women to work as sex workers at a night club in Spain’s northern city of Burgos.
The Thai Embassy in Madrid had alerted Spanish police to the suspected forced prostitution at La Boheme, the club, where 20 people, including the seven Thai women, were later rescued in a police raid earlier this year, said Pol Lt Gen Thangai.
A Thai woman identified as Jinda Khetwat, who owned the club, fled before police arrived, he said.
Before the raid, one of the seven women had managed to contact the Thai Embassy in Spain and complained that herself and the others were forced into working as prostitutes at the club.
The AHTD investigation showed Mr Noppadon had lured the women to work at the club by telling them they would work as traditional Thai massage therapists.
He had arranged their trips to Spain, including finding Thai men to be registered as their husbands to convince officials at Spain’s embassy in Bangkok they were newly married couples on a honeymoon trip to Spain.
Four victims have lodged complaints against Mr Noppadon, and his wife has been arrested in Spain, said the police.