One more arrested in Thai women's forced prostitution

Another 69-year-old local woman has been arrested in connection to the shocking case where two Thai women were forced into prostitution to pay rent after police earlier arrested a 50-year-old woman.

The 69-year-old woman surnamed So was arrested by police on suspicion of human trafficking in a flat on Man Cheong Street in Yau Ma Tei.

She has been remanded in custody, and police said the operation is ongoing as they may make more arrests.

The case came to light as the Thai pair, aged 38 and 47, separately met a Hong Kong woman on Facebook who claimed she can arrange a work visa for them to come to the city as massage therapists.

The two arrived in the city individually on Tuesday and were told to head to the junction of Shanghai Street and Ning Po Street, from where the 50-year-old woman surnamed Chow brought them to a flat in the attic of a tenement building on Temple Street. They were locked in upon entering.

A third woman told the Thai pair that they must do sex work to pay for rent and could only leave after paying the entire, unspecified sum. She told the victims that she would start looking for customers.

The victims secretly contacted the Royal Thai Consulate-General office in Hong Kong requesting assistance, and the case was referred to the police at around 3pm Wednesday.

Officers then broke into the flat and rescued the uninjured victims. They also arrested Chow for false imprisonment.