The Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) recently rescued 34 workers who were smuggled into Thailand illegally.
The workers arrived back in Myawady yesterday, through an arrangement worked out by diplomats and the MWRN.
On 1 November, 68 workers crossed Myanmar’s border illegally to enter Thailand with the help of a broker who reportedly promised them jobs under the MoU system.
“I don’t understand the MoU. But, I believe what the broker told us. He said I will get a job in Thailand. I paid Ks750,000 and two thousand baht to him,” said Aye Thandar Htay from Thaegon Village, Paung Township, Mon State.
The workers were rescued after the Myanmar Labour Attaché Office got the information that 68 workers were trafficked into Thailand through an illegal route and sent to a plastic factory in Maha Chaing Township.
A day after they arrived at the plastic factory, it was inspected by Thai authorities. Thirty-four workers managed to evade arrest. The remaining workers are believed to have been arrested in the operation.
The escaped workers managed to contact a Myanmar labor diplomat and were rescued by the MWRN in Maha Chaing.
(Translated by JT)