It’s More Than Just Sex
By Cheryl Capo – Volunteer Contributing Writer
“Rescue victims from their exploiters”
Many familiar with Destiny Rescue associate them with their work to end sex trafficking through rescuing and restoring those being exploited in the industry and offering preventive measures to at-risk children. The organisation also assists with another form of exploitation – that of forced labour.
Currently, Thai Police hold suspect Jun Tae Hun, a 38 year old South Korean man, on charges of forced labour and running an illegal online gambling operation. Most cases of forced labour go unreported because victims rarely, if ever, come forward. Thai Police Lt. Col. Apichart Hattasin from Transnational Crime and Children and Women’s Rights Protection Unit of Police Region 5 in northern Thailand said: “They are typically 2nd or 3rd class citizens who do not have paperwork, proper documentation, or ID’s and are scared of being caught. This case is special.”
In the case of Jun Tae Hun, two male South Korean graduate students, Kim Man Se and Park Jong Min, brought attention to the situation after they managed to escape and were found suffering from exhaustion by Chiang Mai Tourist Police on September 2, 2012. A third victim, Dee Kua Yong (21), whereabouts is unknown and it is not known at this time if he is alive or dead. Jun Tae Hun was brought into custody on September 7th.
The three graduate students were looking for employment when they responded to a job posting on the internet. The two students reported that once they arrived in Thailand, Jun Tae Hun confiscated their passports and would not let them leave the house. He threatened their lives and said that if they did not work, the students would end up like the dog he killed in in their presence. He did this to intimidate and control the young students.
“Attend to matters of justice…”
The relationship that exists between Destiny Rescue and Police Lt. Col. Apichart Hattasin created an opportunity for justice in this case of exploitation. Destiny Rescue helped provide funding for a private investigation team hired by local authorities for the case. Thailand law enforcement agencies are much like any other country – many people need help and too few hands for the work.
With the involvement of Destiny Rescue, local authorities have been able to build a strong case against Jun Tae Hun and return Kim Man Se and Park Jong Min back to South Korea.
Destiny Rescue continues to work tirelessly to combat human trafficking. Not only through rescuing victims, but bringing perpetrators to justice by working with law enforcement officials.