30 Myanmar job seekers arrested on western border

30 Myanmar job seekers arrested on western border

Illegal migrants from Myanmar walk out of a field after they were arrested by police in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi on Saturday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)
Illegal migrants from Myanmar walk out of a field after they were arrested by police in Sangkhla Buri district of Kanchanaburi on Saturday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: Government patrols on Saturday arrested 30 Myanmar nationals who illegally crossed the border in two groups into Sangkhla Buri and Sai Yok districts of this western border province, police reported.

The first group of 14 -- 11 men and three women -- were arrested at about 4pm while hiding in bushes near Ban Song Karia, or Moo 8 village, in tambon Nong Lu, Sangkhla Buri district, after having illegally crossed the border via a natural pass.

They were from Phyathonezu town ship in Myanmar and had each paid 17,000-25,000 baht to brokers for jobs in Bangkok, police said.

At about 5.30pm, another group of 16 job seekers -- 10 men and six women -- were arrested by a combined police-military patrol in Sai Yok district.

The illegal migrants from Mawlamyine and Yangon townships told Thai authorities they had each paid 17,000-25,000 baht to brokers for jobs in Bangkok and Samut Sakhon.

After undergoing Covid-19 screening, they were handed over to local police for further legal proceedings, pending deportation.

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