Revealed: Thailand’s most senior human trafficking investigator to seek political asylum in Australia

Revealed: Thailand’s most senior human trafficking investigator to seek political asylum in Australia – Guardian, December 10, 2016
…For a respected and high-profile police investigator to flee the country and make such serious allegations will be highly embarrassing for the Thai government. Human rights groups have consistently said that the south-east Asian nation has turned a blind eye to the abuse of trafficked people and that many officials are implicated in the trade. Thailand’s military junta denies the claims.
Paween said he hoped Australia would grant him asylum.
“I worked in the trafficking area to help human beings who were in trouble,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking of a personal benefit but now it is me who is in trouble. I believe there should be some safe place for me, somewhere on this earth to help me.”
…Asked who stopped the investigation, Paween said through an interpreter: “Influential people involved in human trafficking. There are some bad police and bad military who do these kind of things. Unfortunately, those bad police and bad military are the ones that have power…”

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