Samut Prakan –
14 Burmese migrant workers at a plastic factory in Samut Sakhon were found in the Bang Phil district of Samut Prakan last night, December 22nd, after reportedly being abandoned on a road on the way to Rayong by their employer.
Police from the Bang Kaew station were alerted of their presence at about 11:00 PM. They were left with their bags at the entrance to the Green Lake housing estate of Bang Na-Trat Road.
According to their statement to the police, they had worked at a plastic-molding plant in the Muang district of Samut Sakhon for about a month before company personnel told them to leave the premises yesterday, claiming that the police were about to inspect the company.
About 23 workers were asked to be transferred from their workplace to work at a pineapple farm in Rayong province by the company buses. Some of them were dropped off on the way to stay with their relatives while 14 remaining passengers were taken to Rayong, where they were planned to be left in a forest to supposedly later be taken to the pineapple farm.
They refused to stay at the place and asked the driver to send them to stay with some relatives and friends who worked and lived at a factory on Soi Green Lake in Bang Phli.
Unfortunately, their relatives reportedly refused to take them in for fear of breaking the law and their travel from Samut Sakhon, the epicenter of the latest Covid-19 outbreak. The driver then reportedly dumped them at the entrance of the housing estate and left.
Only six of the detained have passports and legal work documents stating that they are workers in the processed-seafood industry, while the other eight workers have no work permits. None of them had been tested for Covid-19 prior to the situation.
The police then took the migrant workers to local health officials for taking sample swabs for Covid-19 and performing state quarantine while the authorities were attempting to contact their employer for legal charges.
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