A total of 138 illegal migrants from Myanmar were arrested while they were reportedly being smuggled into the Kingdom via a natural route in the Mueng district of Kanchanaburi yesterday, May 12th.
Kanchanaburi border patrol soldiers began investigating when they were notified around 5:00 P.M. from a concerned citizen that a number of illegal immigrants from Myanmar were smuggling into the country through a natural path near the Ban Pratu Dan border area.
The first group of 29 Myanmar migrants, including 18 men, 11 women, and a local guide was captured hiding in a grove around the area. They were reportedly not holding any passports or entry documents, according to the police.
All of them were taken to the Ban Phu Nam Ron Border Community Market for body temperature checking and health screening before being taken to the local police station over charges of illegally entering into the kingdom without permission and violating the order of the Communicable Diseases Committee of Kanchanaburi Province.
The second group of 28 Myanmar migrants was also arrested on the same day in the Lat Ya subdistrict of Mueng Kanchanaburi district. According to the initial investigation, all of them were taking a 4-day walk through a natural path and a local guide would lead them to the pick-up point. They paid about 13,000-20,000 baht to a Myanmar dealer prior to the smuggling. They were on the way to reportedly work in Samut Prakan when the border police found and captured them for legal proceedings.
Additionally, about 77 illegal immigrants were found in the Thong Pha Phum district in the same evening, marking a total of 138 Burmese arrests yesterday.
The number of Myanmar nationals caught crossing the border has significantly risen since the country’s military government announced a violent crackdown on civilian resistance following the coup in February. This has driven concern from Thai government officials that some of the migrant workers could be carrying Covid-19, including potential variants of concern.
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