2 Thai women arrested transporting 7 Burmese migrants

PHOTO: 2 Thai women were arrested for transporting 7 Burmese migrants. (via Piyarat Chongcharoen)

At a checkpoint in Sangkhla Buri district in Kanchanaburi, 2 Thai women were arrested smuggling 7 Burmese migrants and a child, apparently attempting to transport them back to Myanmar. The stop took place at around 7 am this morning and the women were arrested in violation of provincial communicable disease committee orders to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Officials at the Chong Ua checkpoint at Moo 4 village in tambon Pang Phle stopped a Mitsubishi Triton pick-up truck travelling from the Thong Pha Phum district to Sangkhla Buri.

The pick-up truck held a 39 year old female Thai driver and a 33 year old Thai passenger, along with 3 Burmese men, 4 Burmese women, and a 2 year old boy.

According to the Thai women transporting the migrants, the plan was to drive them from Kanchanaburi town to Moo 9 in tambon Nong Lu, the Burmese border checkpoint at Three Pagodas. Once they crossed the border into Myanmar, the group of migrants would travel to Moulmein, their home province.

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Currently in Kanchanaburi, the movement of migrants has been banned in the provinces to protect against the spread of Covid-19. Sangkhla Buri district recently experienced a lockdown as Covid-19 spread between the border town and Burmese border towns.

The group of migrants as well as the 2 Thai women doing the transporting were all brought to the Sangkhla Buri Police Station to face legal charges for the violation of the Communicable Disease Act.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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