THIRTEEN job-seeking Cambodians were arrested on an illegal entry charge in eastern Thailand, an army officer said.
The Thai army’s Ta Phraya Task Force arrested five Cambodians after they trekked through a natural path across the Thai-Cambodian border into Thai territory in the Ta Phraya district of Sa Kaeo province, said deputy task force commander Col Thiradet Limkhunakul.The Ta Phraya Task Force also stopped a pick-up truck carrying another group of eight Cambodians, on a road in Ta Phraya district early yesterday, Col Thiradet said.
Also arrested was the pick-up truck driver, a Thai national, on a human trafficking charge.
The Cambodians, who are yet to be repatriated, had allegedly intended to find jobs in Bangkok, Nonthaburi province and Nakhon Nayok province, the colonel said.
Thai authorities have stepped up security measures along the border areas with neighbouring countries to keep out illegal foreigners and prevent a possible cross-border spread of Covid-19. — Xinhua
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