The police on Wednesday arrested a 50-year-old Hong Kong woman for false imprisonment and prostitution of two Thai women.
Two Thai women, aged 38 and 43 respectively, were said to have met a woman through Facebook
under the guise that she would arrange a work visa for them to come to Hong Kong and earn money as massage therapists.
When the two Thai women arrived in Hong Kong on February 7, they were told to take a taxi and head to the junction between Shanghai Street and Ning Po Street, where they were taken to an apartment in Yau Mat Tei Temple Street by the 50-year-old.
The two victims did not expect they had been trafficked as they were locked inside the apartment, after which they were told they would have to do sex work to pay for rent. The two victims refused to do so, and they contacted the Consulate General of Thailand in Hong Kong for assistance.
The police rushed to the apartment after receiving reports to look for the two victims while also encountering the woman who was nearby, finding three keys on her body, one of which opened the apartment door.
The two victims recognized the woman as the person who imprisoned them, and the police arrested her on suspicion of false imprisonment.
The case has been handed over to the police force of the Yau Tsim District.