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Ugandan Man Arrested in Bangkok for Human Trafficking, Five Compatriots Flee Thailand

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BANGKOK – A Ugandan man wanted for alleged human trafficking has been arrested in Bangkok, but five of his countrymen also named on arrest warrants have managed to flee the country.

Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, deputy chief of the Tourist Police Bureau, said tourist police coordinated with Metropolitan Police Division 4 and the Immigration Bureau in investigating 28 Ugandan nationals suspected of involvement in human trafficking and other offences.

The investigation found that six of the Ugandans were involved in human trafficking and warrants were obtained for their arrest. One of them was caught in Bangkok on May 29. The other five had fled the country, the Bangkok Post reported Friday.

Of the other 22 Ugandans, three were deemed “victims” of human trafficking – having been smuggled into the country and forced to work as prostitutes.

Complaints were filed against the six Ugandans at Lumpini police station before arrest warrants were approved by a court.

All 22 had been deported for illegal entry and overstaying.

To date, a total of 1,162 foreign suspects had been apprehended in raids at 3,563 locations nationwide since X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner began, Pol Maj Gen Surachate  told reporters.