On Sunday, Director-General Trairit Temahiwong of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) disclosed that a Myanmar woman had been rescued from a house where she was forced to work against her will for 13 years without financial compensation.
She was released on Saturday after the DSI was informed by the Labour Protection Network (LPN) Foundation that the 26-year-old woman had been detained and forced to work in a house in Soi 11 of the Pakamas housing estate in Bangkok’s Suan Luang district.
DSI officials in the human trafficking office escorted the woman out of the house in accordance with Section 27(4) of the Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppression Act of 2008.
According to Thai media, the Myanmar woman was exhausted and scared. She asked the authorities to remove her from the house as soon as possible.
In her initial statement, the Myanmar woman said she had been forced to work at the house for over 13 years without pay. Despite her recollection of when she arrived, she could not recall exactly what year she arrived. There was enough evidence to suggest she had been a victim of forced labour, he said.
He said she has also been placed in a rehabilitation program. According to the anti-human trafficking law, she underwent a proper physical examination to ensure she was ready to be interviewed by officials.
Dr Trairit also said that further investigation would be conducted to prepare legal action against her captors in this case.