Thai authorities have freed 12 Burmese women from brothels in Phang Nga and Phuket, The Nation newspaper reported. Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the women, several of whom were underage, were forced into the sex trade and beaten if they refused to service customers. Authorities’ investigation was prompted by a complaint by the Myanmar Association in Thailand. Three suspects were arrested and warrants for two other were issued. The victims said they were promised pay that was never received, with the brothel owner keeping the money to pay for their travel expenses.