Job seekers from Myanmar were arrested in a forested area of Sadao district, Songkhla in the early hours of Thursday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)
SONGKHLA: Fourteen illegal migrants from Myanmar heading for promised jobs in Malaysia were arrested near the southern border in Sadao district in the early hours of Thursday.
A patrol of soldiers, border police and local officials found the 10 men and four women hiding in the forest near the village of Dan Nok, Moo 2 in tambon Samnak Kham, around 3:30 a.m., Col Thanitphon said Hongwilai, commander of a military task force.
All had entered Thailand illegally and said they were waiting for someone to take them across the border to Malaysia.
Some could speak Thai. During their interrogation, they admitted to having traveled from Yangon and Rakhine in Myanmar. They had contacted a job broker in Myanmar to find work in Malaysia and were told it would cost them 30,000 baht each.
They set off by boat from Kawthaung province in Myanmar on April 21 and landed in a forested area in Ranong province. On May 4, a van picked them up. They traveled for about 5 hours and were transferred to another vehicle which took them to a place they did not know. Another van then took them to Songkhla location where they were found by the arrest team.
All were taken to Sadao hospital for screening for Covid-19 before being handed over to Sadao police for treatment on charges of illegal entry.
Fourteen Myanmar nationals hold paper placards with their names and ages after they were arrested near the border in Sadao district of Songkhla for illegal entry. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)