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Thai Couple Who Abused Karen Girl Flee

20 February 2013

A Thai couple who are charged with enslaving and torturing a 12-year-old Karen girl have skipped bail and a warrant has now been issued for their arrest, Democratic Voice of Burma reports. Nathee Taeng-orn, 35, and Rattanakorn Piyavoratharm, 33, could face at least 20 years in prison for severely abusing the girl from Burma’s Karen State. The couple abducted the girl five years ago in order to keep her as a domestic worker. Early this month she managed to escape. “We have sent letters to the Thai foreign affairs urging for justified actions [against the couple]. Since they are hiding in Thailand, I believe Thai authorities should follow up with it,” said Burma’s Labour Ministry Director Naing Htun told DVB.