Detained workers return to Thai ships

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Seventeen Cambodian workers detained when the Thai ships they were working on crossed into Vietnamese waters have been released. 
 
The Cambodian consulate in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City intervened in their case and arranged for them to be sent back to Thailand.
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sounry yesterday said the workers had all asked to resume their jobs on three Thai oil tankers.
 
The group had been in custody on the island of Phu Quoc in Kien Giang province since May 21, when Vietnamese authorities intercepted their vessels. 
 
The workers – 11 from Siem Reap province, three from Kampong Thom, two from Kampong Cham and one from Koh Kong – said they were treated well on the Thai oil tankers, despite not having legal work permits. 
 
They said they were paid 9,000 baht ($265) each month and were provided with plenty of food and decent accommodation. 
 
Officials put them in contact with the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand, to assist them with applying for passports and legal work permits.
 
“The three vessels and the Cambodian workers are all back in Thailand,” Mr Sounry said. 

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