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Eight procurers given heavy jail terms for forcing an underaged girl into prostitution

Eight men and women, including a police officer, were today (April 18) sentenced to heavy jailterms ranging from 8-50 years after they were found guilty by the Criminal Court of human trafficking and forced prostitution charges.

The eight defendants were accused of luring a 14-year-old Mae Hong Son girl from her parents and forcing her into prostitution and split the income from the sex trade among them.  The alleged offences were committed between February 1-December 31, 2014.

They were identified as Ms Piyawan Sookmark, Ms Piyatat Parbthiensuwan, Pol Senior Sergeant-Major Yuth Thongchart, Mongkol Kiatpakdipong, Ms Patthamaporn Inkaew, Ms Kanokwan Rattanapakdee, Ks Kwanhathai Ruek-udom and Ms Kalaya Wuthikhun.

Piyawan, Piyatat and Yuth were first sentenced to 167, 176 and 320 years respectively.  But since the law set the maximum jailterm at 50 years, the court set their jailterm at 50 years each.

The court handed out the jailterms for the five other defendants as follows:  Mongkol, 19 years; Patthamaporn, 12 years; Kanokwan, 8 years; Kwanhathai, 32 years and Kalaya, 36 years.

Two of the convicts have asked for bail from the court, but their requests were rejected.

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