Thais release 13 detained workers

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The workers’ release follows protests by families. Supplied

Thai authorities have released thirteen Cambodians detained for working illegally in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province.
 
Hundreds of people, including the families of the workers, protested over their arrests last week, blocking 26 Thai trucks on the Cambodian side of the Boeung Trakoun border market in Banteay Meanchey province.
 
Thai officials said the migrants were arrested after police found they were working for an operation that involved selling counterfeit goods, including cosmetics and clothes.   
 
However the Thai boss was found to be responsible. 
 
Thma Pouk district deputy police chief So Chea said the 13 workers arrived on Cambodian soil on Wednesday evening through Boeung Trakoun border checkpoint.
 
“They were sent back to in exchange for the release of 26 Thai cassava trucks, which had been blocked by the relatives of the workers,” he said. 
 
“The relatives had detained the trucks on Cambodian territory.” 
 
Mr Chea said the Cambodians were not illegal migrants, but possessed 2,000 riel permits to commute across the border for work each day.

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