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Recover from Covid-19, then go to jail: Illegal returnees could face charges

Caitlin Ashworth

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After they recover from Covid-19, at least 3 Thai women who crossed the border illegally from Myanmar’s Tachileik will face criminal charges, according to Provincial police Region 5 commissioner Prachuap Wongsuk. If found guilty, the returnees could go to jail.

The Thai women worked at entertainment venues at the border town, many at the now-infamous 1G1-7 Hotel, a so-called “Covid-19 hotspot” where the virus is may have been spread through prostitution. At least 17 people returned to Thailand from Tachileik illegally, evading the mandatory 14 day quarantine, and later tested positive for Covid-19. Some travelled to other provinces in Thailand before testing positive. At least 2 local transmissions are believed to be linked to the returnees.

So far, 3 of the returnees have been discharged from the Nakornping Hospital in Chiang Mai. The returnees could face:

  • A fine up to 2,000 baht for entering Thailand illegally, violating the Immigration Act of 1979.
  • Up to 2 years in prison and a fine up to 40,000 baht for violating the Emergency Decree.
  • Up to a year in prison and a fine up to 100,000 baht for violating an order issued by Chiang Rai’s disease control committee back in March that prohibits crossings at permanent and other points of entry along the border.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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