45 Myanmar border-crossers caught

45 Myanmar border-crossers caught

Police stop a pickup in tambon Khlong Wan in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Muang district on Sunday night and arrest 11 Myanmar nationals for illegal entry. (Photo supplied)
Police stop a pickup in tambon Khlong Wan in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Muang district on Sunday night and arrest 11 Myanmar nationals for illegal entry. (Photo supplied)

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Forty-five Myanmar job seekers were arrested after they illegally entered Thailand through natural border crossings in Muang district of this lower central province, provincial immigration police chief Pol Col Suthipong Puthipong said.

The first group, comprising 25 women and nine men and aged 17-35 years, was arrested at a pineapple plantation near Noen Kaew village in tambon Ao Noi of Muang district.

The 34 job seekers entered Thailand via the Khao Lak natural border crossing about 7pm on Saturday.

Twenty-seven said their destination was a factory in Samut Sakhon, and the seven others were heading for a pineapple factory in Sam Roy Yod district in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pol Col Suthipong said.

They had each paid 18,000 baht to job brokers in Myanmar.

The job seekers were handed over to Ao Noi police for legal proceedings.

The second group, eight women and three men aged 19-25 years, entered Thailand on Sunday night via the Tham Mee natural border crossing in tambon Huay Sai in Muang district.

They were met by a Thai guide, Peerapong Poonsawat, 38, and his four-door pickup.

About 9pm, the vehicle was stopped by police at Moo 3 village in tambon Khlong Wan. All were arrested. 

Mr Peerapong said he was hired to take the migrants to a rendezvous on Phetkasem highway in front of Huay Yang Withaya School in tambon Huay Yang. From there, they were to be taken to a fish canning factory in Samut Sakhon. He was promised 500 baht for each passenger.

All were handed over to Huay Yang police for legal proceedings.

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