2,000 migrants held in Chon Buri
- Published: 27/04/2013 at 08:12 AM
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Almost 2,000 migrant workers, both legal and illegal, have been detained for questioning following a raid on 12 buildings in Chon Buri’s Si Racha district.
Almost 2,000 migrant workers are rounded up in a raid by authorities at Si Racha housing complex on Friday. (Photo by Jerdsak Saengthongcharoen)
A combined team of officials from the Labour Ministry and the Department of Special Investigation's eastern branch and local police on Friday raided a Si Racha housing complex in tambon Nong Khamand found almost 2,000 migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar staying there.
The raid followed complaints that a large number of migrants working at factories in Chon Buri and neighbouring areas whose legal status was not known gathered in this area.
The complex is made up of a dozen five-storey buildings with more than 700 rooms, said Cherdsak Wisutthikul, head of the ministry's labour protection section.
After the raid, authorities found many migrant workers failed to present work permits or official employment documents. They were being detained pending proof from their employers that they were legally employed.
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