Ongoing efforts to aid Thai nationals who fell victim to online scams in Myanmar have seen substantial progress. Coordination between Thai and Myanmar authorities has led to successful rescues.
Kanchana Patarachoke, the Spokesperson of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), revealed progress in assisting Thai nationals who have fallen prey to internet scams in the city of Laukkaing. The Thai Embassy in Yangon has been closely and continuously coordinating with various Myanmar agencies. Earlier this week, discussions were held with high-ranking officials from Myanmar’s immigration and population ministry to seek cooperation in assisting Thais who were forced to work under fraudulent conditions in Laukkaing.
Myanmar authorities later rescued an additional six Thais, bringing the total to 141 Thai nationals who are now in safe locations and under Myanmar authorities’ care. The Myanmar immigration ministry has also informed that there are more Thais who have been deceived in Laukkaing. Additionally, the Thai Embassy has requested Myanmar authorities to ensure food and well-being for the group of Thais.
Moreover, Myanmar officials have limitations on entering the area of Laukkaing, which has a special administrative status. They are also in the process of rescuing several foreigners of various nationalities. Hence, the return of Thai nationals to Thailand will adhere to the related laws and regulations and will occur at the earliest opportunity.
The Spokesperson emphasized that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs places the highest importance on the safety of all Thai citizens and is ready to facilitate the return of Thais to their homeland as quickly as possible when the situation allows.