Twelve migrant workers arrested in Thailand

Twelve migrant workers were arrested on Sunday in Thailand for illegally working at an electronics shop in Sua Pa Plaza market.

According to The Nation, more than 50 policemen and customs officials raided Sua Pa Plaza in Bangkok’s Pom Prab district early Sunday in response to a tip-off that illegal immigrants were working there.

“The raid uncovered 22 allegedly illegal immigrants – seven Chinese, 12 Cambodians, two Myanmar nationals and one person described as stateless,” it reported.

Those arrested face charges of working without permits and their employers will be summoned to face charges as well, it added.

Chou Bun Eng, vice chairwoman of the National Committee for Counter Trafficking, said the government has been working with Thai authorities to legalise thousands of migrant workers.

She noted that more than one million workers are now in Thailand legally, but some still choose to cross the border illegally.

“People still go to work in Thailand illegally and they are arrested and sent back to the country, and some are punished,” she said.

There were about 1.8 million documented and undocumented migrant workers working overseas in the first six months of this year, an increase of nearly 20,000 when compared to the same period last year, according to the National Committee for Counter Trafficking.

The NCCT noted in a report issued last week that 1,836,666 workers were working abroad during the first six months of the year, an increase of 19,853 when compared to the same period last year.

It said that 1,039,797 were documented workers, while 796,869 lacked legal documents. The migrants were working in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

 Source: Khmer Times
Written by Mom Kunthear
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