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Aspiring timber porters arrested

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The suspects were apprehended by soldiers as they tried to enter Thailand. Supplied

Soldiers in Preah Vihear province on Sunday intercepted four Cambodians as they tried to enter Thailand to work as illegal timber porters.

Forces from Brigade 8 handed the men over to police in their hometown of Trapaing Prasat district in Oddar Meanchey province.

District police chief In Kay said Thai brokers promised the four more money than they could earn in Cambodia.

The brokers invited them to work as timber porters in Thai protected forests.

“We called the chief of their village to educate them and sent them home,” he said.

Mr Kay said forces were working to stop Cambodians entering Thailand illegally to prevent them being shot by the Thai side.

“The situation along the border right now is more peaceful than before but we are still cautious,” he said.

“The luxury wood in the Thai area bordering with my district is running out, so people from Oddar Meanchey and other provinces have moved to Preah Vihear.

“We try and tell them about border shootings to discourage them from them going to Thailand.

“The suspects told us they would have earned a lot of money if they went. That’s why they risked their lives.”

Over the last two weeks, more than ten Cambodians have been arrested for working as timber porters in Thai forests. All are still being held in Thailand.

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