Thai border officials on Tuesday detained a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman who said she was attempting to flee home after being tricked into prostitution in Malaysia by her boyfriend.

The distraught woman was caught attempting to cross the border into Cambodia illegally at Rong Kluea Market in Sa Kaew’s Aranyaprathet district.

The woman told police yesterday that after her Vietnamese boyfriend of three months had promised her a high-paying job in Malaysia, they travelled from Vietnam to Cambodia to Thailand, via Sa Kaew, and on into Malaysia via the Su-ngai Kolok border point. She said the boyfriend then seized her passport and cash, detained her and forced her to work at a nightclub. After overhearing him say he would send her to a brothel, she fled and tried to find her way back home.

Police have sought the Vietnamese Embassy’s help to send her back to Ho Chi Minh City.

In related news, the Police Anti-Human Trafficking Division announced the arrest of three Thais, two women and one man. Paweenut Kankrasang, 36, is suspected of luring women into the sex trade in Bahrain with false promises of high-paying massage jobs, while Tiwa Asucheewa, 24, was caught allegedly delivering a 17-year-old girl to a customer at a Kalasin hotel. Wirat Ninphupha, 61, is accused of taking cash from victims in return for the promise of a high-paid job in the Philippines. He was arrested after being ordained as a monk in Roi Et’s Chiang Kwan district. –The Nation