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Thai police arrest dozens of illegal Myanmar migrants


Myanmar nationals arrested by Thai police officers near an immigration checkpoint of the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sot, Tak province in northern Thailand, July 6, 2010. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA

Myanmar nationals arrested by Thai police officers near an immigration checkpoint of the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sot, Tak province in northern Thailand, July 6, 2010. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA 

Thai police and soldiers stopped a convoy of eight cars loaded with 54 illegal Myanmar migrant workers in Ayutthaya's Bang Pahan district on February 24, reports the Bangkok Post on February 24.

According to Colonel Ronnawut Ruangsawat, the deputy director of the Ayutthaya office of the Internal Security Operations Command, officials were dispatched to intercept the convoy after obtaining information that a number of Myanmar migrant workers would be transported along the Asian Highway to Bangkok.

The officials stopped the eight cars, three of them registered as metered taxis, and found they were loaded with 28 men, 23 women and three children. All were charged with illegal entry and would be deported.

The Thai drivers of the eight cars were arrested. They said they were taking the Myanmar nationals from the northern border town of Mae Sai in Chiang Rai province to employers on Navamin Road in Bangkok.

They were charged with illegally transporting migrant workers and might be additionally charged with human-trafficking, pending more investigation, as the authorities believed they were part of a human-trafficking racket, Col Ronnawut said.

Courtesy of the Bangkok Post

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