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Thailand arrests and charges key human trafficking suspect from Myanmar

Thai authorities have arrested and charged a suspected human trafficker who allegedly sold hundreds of migrants from Myanmar into slavery to work in Thailand's fishing industry.

Police Maj. Gen. Chavalit Sawangpuech said Saturday that Ko Myo, a 42-year-old Myanmar national, was captured in a raid by police and justice officials on Aug. 1 in Thailand's southern province of Surat Thani. He said authorities pressed human trafficking charges against Ko Myo and were investigating his alleged involvement in a March murder.

Police say Ko Myo was an agent who sold hundreds of Myanmar migrant workers to Thai fishermen over the past 10 years.

Chavalit said Thai police would reach out to their counterparts in Myanmar to try to arrest more human trafficking suspects.