327 Myanmar nationals arrested for illegally crossing border into Thailand


Another 327 Myanmar nationals were arrested for illegally crossing the border into Thailand, according to Thai authorities.
Thai security forces arrested 247 Myanmar nationals—149 males and 98 females—as they were waiting for a broker in the jungles of Thailand on 19 May.
Similarly, a total of 47 Myanmar nationals—36 males and 11 female—were arrested on 20 May.
On the same day, officials from the Thai Border Guard Force inspected a vehicle on the road near Mae Sai Village in Chiang Rai Province and found 16 Myanmar nationals who illegally entered Thailand.
A total of 17 more Myanmar nationals were arrested in Mae Lamat Township after crossing the Thaungyin River to work in Bangkok, Thailand at 8 pm on 21 May.
Those arrestees are from Yangon, Bago, Mandalay, Magway, Nay Pyi Taw, Myitkyina, Hpa-an and Mon State.
They were arrested while hiding in the woods, crossing the river during the rainy season and sneaking into vehicles.
Thai nationals working as guides along with the smugglers were also arrested together with their vehicles. The detainees reportedly paid between 25,000 and 30,000 baht (K1.5 million to K1.8 million) per person.—TWA/GNLM

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