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Rise and fall of General Manas: Thailand's top human trafficker

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Manas was condemned to 27 years in prison for profiting from Thailand's grisly trade in humans. Rights groups have welcomed the verdict but warned that many perpetrators remain at large.

Bangkok

AN army "Big Shot" whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand's grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route.

As the number of desperate Rohingya and Bangladeshis

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