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Thais detain more than 30 migrants

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A file photo shows migrants who are placed under arrest for entering Thailand illegally. Supplied

More than 30 workers who entered Thailand illegally to find jobs were arrested on Monday in Sa Kaeo province’s Aranyaprathet district and sent to the district police station for questioning.

Cambodia’s National Police website said yesterday that the 32 Cambodians, of whom 13 were women, were arrested by Thai police after brokers smuggled them into the country without proper papers to find work.

The website said Thai suspicions were drawn to a mini bus that drove quickly as it tried to break through police barricades.

The workers told Thai police the broker promised jobs in Bangkok despite not having legal documents.

The migrants had travelled from Kampong Thom and Banteay Meanchey provinces after paying the broker about $100 each.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday that he was waiting for more information from the Cambodian consulate-general in Sa Kaeo province.

Thousands of illegal migrant workers currently in Thailand are taking part in a 100-day campaign being run by the two countries to assign them legal documentation after an exodus of labourers during a foreign-worker crackdown in June.

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