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Thai police release 70 women and girls after trafficking raid

CNN - July 31, 2011. "Thai authorities have released 70 women and girls originally from Laos and Myanmar following a trafficking raid in southern Thailand. District police and Thai special investigators raided a karaoke bar and a spa Friday night, said Lt. Col. Noppadon Petsut, deputy police chief of Sadao district. Forty-one of the females released had been forced into prostitution, Petsut said. The other 29 were willfully working as prostitutes and were fined and released. Of those forced into prostitution, about 20 trafficking victims are under age 18, Petsut said."
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