Cambodians held by Thai officials after passport scam

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Cambodian officials are trying to bring 24 nationals home from Thailand. Supplied

The government is trying to help 24 Cambodians detained in Thailand for crossing the border with fake passports.
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the Cambodian Consulate in Thailand sent officials to Sa Kaew in the east of the country, where the Cambodian nationals had been imprisoned for seeking to live and work there with the aid of false documents.
 
Ministry spokesman Chum Sonry said it appeared from interviews with consulate officials that the jailed people had been duped into paying 2,500 baht to a broker for passports with Thai work permits and a further 1,000 baht each for the broker’s travelling expenses.
 
Those passports turned out to be fake.
 
“Now they are being detained at a temporary prison, where they have been treated well and fed three times a day,” he said.
 
Mr Sonry said the consulate was trying to find a lawyer to defend them and in the meantime had asked the court to free them.
 
Hem Luy, 60, said several of those detained were her nephews and nieces and had gone to Thailand genuinely seeking work.
 
“Now our family is waiting for them and we hope that they’ll be able to return home soon,” she said.
 
Meanwhile, the Cambodian Embassy in Laos has managed to persuade local authorities to free 11 Cambodians, 10 men and one woman, who had been detained for working illegally.
 
The Ministry said they had been cheated by brokers who had taken them to Saiya Buri province by boat on 20 April and were arrested on 26 May. They were repatriated to Cambodia a week later.

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