The authorities have arrested three Thai citizens who were caught smuggling illegal migrants from Cambodia into Thailand through Sa Kaeo border crossing. The group was to take up employment in Bangkok.
The Acting Immigration Bureau Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang today announced the arrest of Mr Kantapon Akeariyaworawat along with his group of three Thai citizens who facilitated the smuggling of about 30 illegal migrants from Cambodia into Thailand.
The suspects were found with two cargo trucks, one pick-up truck, guns, and other weapons inside Soi Mitr Maitree in Nong Jok, Bangkok. The illegal migrants were hidden in the lorry in a congested manner, none of whom had a valid immigration permit or visa.
After investigations, the suspects confessed they were hired by a Cambodian agent to smuggle the workers into Thailand for a payment of 2,500 baht per migrant worker. The suspects are also believed to be involved in the smuggling of motorcycles from Thailand to be sold in foreign countries.
The Acting immigration bureau chief, said the arrest follows the protocol and policies of the government and the immigration bureau, to protect national security, while the illegal export of motorcycles to neighboring countries is considered a crime affecting the economic system; it is organized by illegal syndicates.