Thai police raided about ten stores owned by Cambodian vendors at Thailand’s Rong Kluea market for selling counterfeit products on Wednesday.
One market vendor, who asked not to be named, said Thai authorities targeted about ten stores and seized their goods, while the vendors managed to flee.
The market, located on the Thai side of the Poipet International Border Checkpoint, is known as a hub for counterfeit products.
Authorities have been trying to crack down on the sale of counterfeit goods, but some vendors say they can avoid the raids by bribing police officers, who tip them off before a raid.
In 2016, about 100 Cambodian vendors working in the market protested and later clashed with Thai police, smashing police cars during the attempted confiscation of some of their goods.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry and consulate office in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province intervened, and issued a statement, giving vendors time to sell off their fake goods by the end of April 2016.
Soum Chankea, a provincial coordinator with rights group Adhoc, said it was the vendors’ fault for secretly selling counterfeit goods despite being given the time to sell their stocks.
“Sellers imported fake Adidas or Nike products from China or Vietnam to Cambodia and then took them to Thailand. The brands filed a complaint, which is why the Thai police took action,” he said.