Sa Kaeo Police and related officials have arrested Cambodians illegally crossing the border every day. The goal of these workers is to travel into Bangkok and outskirt provinces. Agents are taking advantage of the suspects promising work in Thailand in exchange for a fee to help them cross the border. During the time of Covid-19 when work is hard to find and the virus still remains, these workers have invested almost 10,000 THB each to work in Thailand. Officials discovered 35 Cambodians illegally crossing the border at 4 am on 5 November 2021. The suspects were arrested in Aranyaprathet District, Sa Kaeo Province. Out of this number 19 are women and 16 are men.
The suspects stated they come from many different provinces in Cambodia. They were promised different jobs including a bread factory, construction work, a BBQ restaurant, and other companies located in Rayong, Bangkok, Chonburi, and Pathum Thani Province. The suspects found agents to bring them into Thailand through Facebook. Each worker was promised a path into the country in exchange for 6,000-9,000 THB each. They traveled through a natural passageway and had to cross the Nam Sai Canal connecting Cambodia to Thailand. The group was waiting for trucks to pick them up and deliver them to their destinations. Instead, they were found by the Thai officials and all 35 did not have the required documents to enter the country.
Near the first location on the same day, another 11 suspects were arrested at 6 am. The suspects were found in Khong Hat District. Out of the number 6 were men and 5 were women. The suspects were promised a job at a construction site in Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi Province. Each worker paid 7,000 THB for the agent to deliver them to the job site. Instead of going to work, they were arrested. None of the 46 suspects had a fever and officials have given them Covid-19 tests. They are now at the Khlong Nam Sai and Khlong Had Police Stations waiting for prosecution.
FB Caption: The workers invested almost 10,000 THB each to find work in Thailand.