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Over 40 Thai women duped in Maldives 'scam'

A total of 49 women have filed complaints with the police after they were reportedly deceived into paying Bt30,000 with a promise of masseuse work in the Maldives.

According to Thai media, the women gathered at the anti-trafficking division on Thursday naming Pissamai Champakwaen and Jintana Wongwicha as suspects.

They alleged that Pissamai posted messages on a Line messaging group of people seeking foreign work that she and Jintana could arrange massage jobs at luxury hotels in Maldives.

The victims said they transferred money to Jintana as they had been convinced by Passamai but they received no plane tickets.

Trafficking deputy commander Pol Col Mana Kleepsatabutr said over 100 women had been deceived but so far only 49 of them had filed complaints. He said he would seek help from the Anti-Money Laundering Office to investigate the bank accounts of the two suspects.