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19 illegal migrant workers from Cambodia, arrested in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province

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KT File photo showing illegal migrant workers being deported back to Cambodia from Thailand.

19 migrant workers from Cambodia who had crossed into Thailand illegally, were arrested in Sa Kaeo’s Khok Sung district and charged with illegal entry as they were heading to the border to return home, according to police.

Two Thai men identified as Mongkol Sorchat, 38, and Chayawatchara Samianrai, 24, and a Lao national were also nabbed and charged with helping them. They were allegedly hired to transport the migrants from Chachoengsao to Sa Keao.

Seized during the arrest were a Toyota pickup truck, a Nissan pick-up truck and a Toyota sedan.

Mr Mongkol told police he was hired by a Cambodian man identified only as “Chiew” to pick up some Cambodian workers in Chachoengsao and drive them to the border.

According to police, the migrant workers claimed they were returning to Cambodia and had paid 3,000 baht each for transportation costs.

On Thursday, Immigration Bureau chief, Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, told a press briefing a senior police sergeant major was facing criminal charges for allegedly helping to traffic foreign nationals into the kingdom in Aranyaprathet district. The officer denied the allegation.

However, local authorities earlier this week inspected Rong Kluea market opposite the Cambodian border town of Poipet and arrested 14 Cambodians working there without passports or entry permits.

Other law enforcement officials apprehended three Cambodians for disguising themselves as fishermen near the border.  Bangkok Post

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