Burma: job seekers arrested for illegal entry

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Police searched eight Burmese nationals before taking them into custody at Sangkhla Buri police station in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi after their arrest by security authorities on Sunday morning. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: A joint army and police unit arrested eight Burmese nationals on early Sunday morning for illegal entry and a Thai for providing assistance to illegal border residents, police said.

They were arrested at around 3:30 am when a white Nissan sedan was stopped at the police checkpoint at the Song Kalia T-junction in Moo 3 Village in Tambon Nong Lu of Sangkhla Buri District.

The Myanmar nationals – three men and five women – said they had traveled from Phyatonezu town and crossed the border into Sangkhla Buri district. They said they paid 25,000 to 28,000 baht each to employment agents in Phyatonezu for jobs in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province.

The five people were charged with illegal entry and violating the order of the provincial communicable disease committee banning the movement of migrant workers.

Lamun Khuntha, 59, the car’s Thai driver, said he was paid 2,400 baht by a Thai man to transport Burmese job seekers from the former Son Kalia airstrip to an area of ‘waiting in Kanchanaburi. He was charged with assisting illegal border crossers.

The job seekers and Mr. Lamun were turned over to Sangkhla Buri police for prosecution.


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