CHONBURI – The Thai Immigration police have arrested Konstantin Avdoshkin, the arrest was made after Thai police received a tip-off from the Russian consulate general in Thailand, said Immigration Police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Panu Kerdlarbpon Friday.
The Russians claimed that the suspect had cooperated with a Russian woman in procuring women for brothels in his country. He was alleged to have operated between 2005 and 2009 in the city of Kazan.
Panu quoted the Russian side as saying that the suspect demanded a large amount of money from any women who wanted to stop working as a prostitute. If a woman refused to pay, she would be subjected to brutal assaults including beatings and electric shocks.
Avdoshkin escaped to Thailand after Russian police arrested a Russian woman who was his alleged accomplice and issued an arrest warrant against him.
He was arrested while shopping in the Central Plaza Department Store in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri. He denied the allegation, saying Russian police told lies and had demanded about Bt200,000 from him. He refused to pay and escaped to Thailand.
He has been living in Pattaya working as a Russian Tour Guide for three and a half years and has a Thai wife and a child.