Plea for workers detained by Thais

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Members of 23 families arrested while job hunting in Thailand have sought help from authorities and the rights group Adhoc in Oddar Meanchey province.
 
Sem Luy, 86, a relative of one detained worker, said 17 of those held were men and women and six were children.
 
They crossed into Thailand to seek jobs on April 29 and were arrested the same day in Bangkok while they were still on the truck.
 
“They have been detained by Thai authorities for more than two weeks,” Ms Luy said. “The families want the local authority to help. We want them all released to come back home and we want them to vote too.”
 
The families are from Bos Sbov commune.
 
Commune chief Klout Yut said: “It is difficult for us to help them because they crossed into Thailand illegally.”
 
However he said the local authority would make a report for provincial officials to step in.
 
Srey Naren, a coordinator for Adhoc, said the families were worried about those being held. Adhoc would take up the issue with its partner NGO when it got an official complaint from the families.
 
On Friday, the Foreign Ministry said consular officials were seeking to intervene in the cases of two workers arrested in Sakeo province in Thailand for crossing illegally to seek work.
 
The pair, Yin Man, 22, and Yin Eng, 18, are still in detention.

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