Cambodian migrants held in Thailand

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A group of 22 Cambodians have been arrested by Thai soldiers for entering the country illegally to work.
 
The migrants, from Banteay Meanchey and Battambang provinces, were travelling by van when they were stopped by soldiers in Aranyaprathet district, in Thailand’s Sakeo province. 
 
A report from the Siem Reap office of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking said Thai forces stopped the overcrowded van on Tuesday morning. 
 
When officials checked the migrants, they found none had the correct documents to work in Thailand. 
 
The migrant workers told Thai officials they had paid a broker between 800 and 1,000 baht ($24 and $29) to bring them to work in the country. 
 
They have been sent to the provincial immigration department for further questioning. 
 
Banteay Meanchey provincial Adhoc coordinator Soum Chankea confirmed the arrests.
 
He said the migrants had decided to go to Thailand through the illegal channel because it meant they would be able to change jobs easily if they were not satisfied with their working conditions.

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