27 Burmese and 5 Thai travel agents arrested in Kanchanaburi
Over the past weekend, 27 Burmese and 5 officers were arrested on their way back from provinces with a high number of Covid19 infections. The Burmese workers wanted to return to Myanmar.
Makam Tia Police, Local Health Bureau and other related officials in Kanchanaburi Province have arrested suspects who violated the 1979 Immigration Act, BE 2522. The arrests also follow safety regulations to limit the spread of the virus.
The party consisted of 15 women and 12 men, and 5 travel agents were arrested with evidence, including 5 cars used to transport the Burmese suspects. The suspects were arrested in Dan Makam Tia district.
The travel agents have since admitted to picking up the Burmese suspects from many areas, including the chicken factory in Ratchaburi province, the Thai union company in Mahachai district, Samut Sakhon province, a construction site in Nakhon Pathom province and more.
Many of those arrested claim they travelled from Ratchaburi with the aim of reaching the capital, Kanchanaburi. From then on they planned to travel to Myanmar. The agents would have received 200-5,000 Baht per person they delivered.
The suspects were transferred to Dan Makam Tia’s police station after a health check, pending prosecution.
Thailand’s Khaosod News reported that the agents admitted that all Burmese workers had been collected from locations where the number of Covid-19 cases is high.
This is the first arrest of Burmese workers in Kanchanaburi province, where the foreign workers wanted to travel back to Myanmar.
Usually, it is the opposite where they have entered Thailand illegally, normally through natural passages. As the number of Covid19 rises and the hunt for vaccines continues, similar cases are to be expected, Thai authorities say.
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