Three people, a man from Malaysia and two women from Thailand, have been arrested for human trafficking. Recruitment took place on facebook, where they promised Thai women well-paid employment opportunities in restaurants and spas, but instead forced them into prostitution in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
The three traffickers are members of a gang which is believed to have forced hundreds of women into prostitution.
Six victims managed to seek help at the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur, which triggered the investigation.
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- Facebook flesh trade procurement racket busted (The Bankok Post)
- Malaysian, Thais arrested in Facebook human trafficking bust (Asian Correspondent)
- Social media is a common way to recruit people into the sex industry.
- People that used to be “out of reach” for pimps and gangs can now be accessed via facebook, twitter, and other social networks right in their own homes. A woman doesn’t have to be on the street to be recruited, and a child does not have to leave their bedroom to be targeted.
- Recruitment tactics change with the times, and traffickers are often on the leading edge of technological and social trends.