More illegal migrants en route to Malaysia caught in Songkhla

More illegal migrants en route to Malaysia caught in Songkhla

The 20 Myanmar nationals are led away from the dirt track where they were arrested, near the Malaysian border in Sadao district, Songkhla province, early Friday morning. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)
The 20 Myanmar nationals are led away from the dirt track where they were arrested, near the Malaysian border in Sadao district, Songkhla province, early Friday morning. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: Twenty more Myanmar illegal migrants heading for promised jobs in Malaysia were arrested on a dirt track near the Malaysian border in Sadao district in the early hours of Friday.

A patrol of soldiers, border patrol police and local officials spotted the group near Thai Janglon village in tambon Sanak Kham around 1am.

There were 18 men and two women. All were Myanmar nationals and none had travel documents. 

During questioning, the migrants said they had travelled from various townships in Myanmar, expecting to get work in Malaysia. They had paid 37,000 baht each to a job broker in Myanmar, who arranged the trip.

They used natural border crossings to enter Thailand in Mae Hong Son and Ranong provinces on May 12. On May 18, a black van had delivered them to where they were found in Sadao district on Friday morning. They were destined for Malaysia.

The arresting team took the 20 migrants to Sadao Hospital for Covid-19 screening before being handed over to Sadao police station to begin legal proceedings pending deportation.

The border patrol with the illegal migrants, 18 men and 2 women, before taking them to Sadao police station for further proceedings. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (1)

BMA pleads with BTS to defer fare hike

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is pleading with the Skytrain operator to put on hold a plan to raise fares by at least one baht from the first day of the New Year.

19:00

Crypto exchange Zipmex set for $100m buyout

The embattled cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex Asia is poised to be acquired by a venture capital fund for about US$100 million in digital coins and cash, one of the first rescues in Asia since a wave of defaults ripped through the sector.

17:38

Triad cash mystery

Police summons a former police officer and two women for questioning about the hidden assets of alleged Chinese triad leader “Tuhao", who is accused of involvement in the drug trade.

17:33