Fleeing Thailand, Top Investigator of Human Trafficking Says He Fears for His Safety

December 10, 2015 1:52 PM

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Fleeing Thailand, Top Investigator of Human Trafficking Says He Fears for His Safety

HONG KONG — When a senior police officer’s investigation produced more than 150 arrest warrants this year, it was seen as a tentative success in Thailand’s pledge to crack down on human trafficking.

But last month, that officer, Maj. Gen. Paween Pongsirin, resigned, and on Thursday he said that he had fled to Australia out of fear for his safety, raising serious questions about the extent of collusion between crime syndicates and the authorities in Thailand.

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