Two Myanmar women saved from charges in Thailand

Two Myanmar women have been rescued from imprisonment for displaying fake dollars as show money at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand, according to the statement of the Myanmar Labour Attaché office on 9 September.
In the case of the four Myanmar women – Ma Than Yu May, Ma Phyo Zar Wai, Ma Lin Lin Wai and Ma Khin Yu May – who will be working in Thailand, when they arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on 12 February the authorities found fake dollars, which were shown at Immigration Control as show money. They were imprisoned for possession of fake dollars at Samut Prakan jail.
They were sent by the Wai Yan Htoo agency, which is also fake, with an airline to Thailand on 11 February. Their families had no contact with them so they asked for help from the Myanmar Labour Attaché office on 8 April. After investigation, Ma Than Yu May and Ma Phyo Zar Wai were sentenced to two years and six months with fines and house arrest/deportation. They were rescued with the help of Thai lawyers from Samut Prakan Jail and transported to Myawady via the Mae Sot border on 30 May.
Furthermore, Ma Lin Lin Wai and Ma Khin Yu May were charged with making and having fake dollars. Efforts are ongoing with the assistance of Myanmar and Thai lawyers for the reduction of punishment.
Regarding Myanmar migrant workers travelling by airlines, they need the address in Thailand, 20,000 baht for individuals and 40,000 baht for family (an equivalent amount of dollars) for show money. They can get help by contacting 020030015 or via social media page’s messenger, according to the Myanmar Labour Attaché office. — TWA/GNLM

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