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Man repatriated from Thailand arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) A Taiwanese national repatriated from Thailand Sunday who was believed to be the victim of an organized crime group was detained by prosecutors in Taoyuan Monday on suspicion of human trafficking.

The man, surnamed Ho (何), was one of 12 Taiwanese intercepted at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok after entering Thailand from Cambodia on Sunday.

Outside of three group members detained in Thailand on suspicion of human trafficking, the individuals were thought to have been held prisoner and forced to take part in phone scams in Cambodia by an organized crime group that had lured them to the country using lucrative job offers.

However, the Taoyuan District Prosecutors said that they had arrested Ho after questioning the nine individuals repatriated to Taiwan on Sunday.

As Ho is considered a flight risk, the prosecutors sought permission to keep him in custody, which was…

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