Police in Mondulkiri province detained 27 Vietnamese who crossed the border illegally in Sen Monorom city.
Deputy provincial police chief Tieng Saoroth said they were detained for questioning on Saturday in Sen Monorom city where they were selling clothes.
“We noticed they could not speak Khmer very well and then we detained them for questioning,” he said. “All of them are Vietnamese and they don’t have passports for entrance into Cambodia.”
Mr Saoroth said the group has since been transferred to the General Department of Immigration in Phnom Penh, after which they will be deported.
Mr Saoroth said the 27 people included 11 women and six children, adding that all of them crossed into Cambodia via Kandal province’s Koh Thom district.
“They illegally crossed into Cambodia and ran businesses illegally,” Mr Saoroth said. “Some people confessed they crossed into Cambodia about 15 days to one month ago.”
Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the General Department of Immigration, said proper procedures were being followed.
“We will question them in detail and will ask the Vietnamese embassy to cooperate and take them back to Vietnam,” Mr Heisela said.