Wanted man from Somerset arrested at gunpoint in Cambodia
A Briton convicted of human trafficking has been arrested at gunpoint in Cambodia after absconding while on bail.
Andrew Wallace, 38, from Puriton, near Bridgwater in Somerset, was captured by police at a hotel in the capital Phnom Penh at the request of Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.
He will be deported to the UK, where he faces a two-year jail term.
Wallace was sentenced in May 2010 at Taunton Crown Court for bringing two Thai prostitutes to Somerset to work in the sex trade. The court heard he advertised their services on a website and then split the proceeds with the women, who were based in Weston-super-Mare.
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Wallace appealed the sentence and was granted bail, but then absconded to Thailand, where he had previously worked as a teacher.
He was arrested in Bangkok, deemed an undesirable person and deported to the UK in July 2011. However, on his way back to the UK he switched planes in New Delhi and returned to Cambodia.