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Ying Kai wins appeal in child-maid forced labour case

Ying Kai wins appeal in child-maid forced labour case

Kanchana Ponglarpsoonthorn

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 09:20AM


Monta Yokrattanakan, better known as Ying Kai, arrives at the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Tuesday to hear the Appeal Court’s acquittal ruling. Photo: Bangkok Post

Monta Yokrattanakan, better known as Ying Kai, arrives at the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Tuesday to hear the Appeal Court’s acquittal ruling. Photo: Bangkok Post

The ruling was read out at the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Tuesday (Feb 12).

The Appeal Court overturned the Criminal Court’s judgement of Oct 19, 2017 and sentencing of the 62-year-old woman to three years in jail for human trafficking because she had seized the ID card of the maid, Kanchana Ponglarpsoonthorn, and had not paid her a salary from June 2006 to October 2010.

The Criminal Court had also ordered her to pay B590,007 in compensation to the young woman.

However, the Appeal Court found that Monta had provided accommodation for Ms Kanchana, then a girl, in a condominium in Prachaniwet area of Bangkok, and had her share chores with two other maids, catering only to Monta and her child.

The Appeal Court found that Ms Kanchana’s workload was not heavy and Monta had on occasions given her B1,000 and also B2,000 for a trip home, and transferred B5,000 to her account.

She had also taken Ms Kanchana on vacation in other provinces and let her go out shopping. That showed that Ms Kanchana had freedom of movement and had not been detained, the Appeal Court said.

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Although Monta had failed to send Ms Kanchana to nursing school and to pay her a salary as promised, and had kept Ms Kanchana’s ID card, she had not coerced her into working.

Ms Kanchana herself had told the court that although Monta had been hot-tempered she had never coerced her to work. Therefore, there was no case to support the charge of human trafficking, the Appeal Court ruled.

After hearing the ruling, Monta cried for joy and prostrated herself.

She is also being held on a charge of lese majeste. She was returned to the Bangkok Women’s Prison.

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Kurt | 14 February 2019 - 02:14:08

Ok, so I can keep a passport/ID card of a thai, not keep word about promised education, and not pay salary as promised. All that is fine according the thai Appeal Court. Thank you, good to know.  Was this a 19 or 21st thai century ruling?  Just ask.

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