The Thai Consulate-General in Chicago will arrange for a lawyer and an interpreter to help 20 arrested and indicted with being members of a sex trafficking network involving Thai women in the US, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
According to a statement of the ministry, the consulate-general was coordinating with US agencies to render assistance to all the defendants – both the victims and those under arrest.
The 20 arrested defendants and one who is still at large will be presented to the federal courts in their respective states for indictment within 24 hours. They are being held in custody in their residing states and the cases will be transferred to Minnesota in due course, said the ministry.
The arrests are a follow-up efforts by US authorities following the earlier arrest and indictment of 17 defendants of this network in October 2016.