[Thailand] Post office van used in trafficking migrants

Thailand Post has fired a mail van driver who was caught transporting 13 illegal Myanmar migrant workers to the Thai-Malaysian border in Songkhla province in the early hours of yesterday.

The driver, identified as Thanachai Mangthim, was immediately dismissed after an investigation confirmed the criminal offence, according to a statement released by Thailand Post yesterday, following his arrest.

Mr Thanachai, 30, a resident of Nakhon Pathom, was detained along with Phongphat Mocho, 29, from Prachuap Khiri Khan who was also in the same van.

They were arrested after a car chase involving a combined security force on Asian Highway No.41 in Rattaphum district of Songkhla, police said.

A preliminary police investigation found that the 13 Myanmar citizens had illegally entered Thailand through a border area in Kanchanaburi.

Their traffickers were paid 1,500 baht per head each time they transported a group, police said, adding that the Thailand Post driver had committed this offence many times prior to his arrest.

The two suspects were being interrogated by police, while the 13 migrant workers were charged with illegal entry and would be deported, police said.

Prior to yesterday’s crackdown, police had learned from informers in the same human trafficking network that a Thailand Post truck was being used to transport illegal migrant workers to make it easier to avoid detection, police said.

Source: Bangkok Post
Published on 15 May 2019
Link: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1677852/post-office-van-used-in-trafficking-migrants

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