Connect with us

Phuket

More human trafficking victims netted north of Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published 

 on 

PHUKET: A group of 72 human trafficking victims destined for Malaysia were caught in a raid in Phang Nga, north of Phuket, today.

Four of the 72 men, who Thai officials are identifying as Rohingya, were taken to Takuapa Hospital to be treated for extreme exhaustion and minor scratches to their feet and bodies, Takuapa District Chief Manit Pianthong said.

“All of the refugees were tired and starving, as they had been living without food for days,” Mr Manit said. “They told us that they had been forced to forage and had only eaten leaves for the last two days.”

Officials rounded up the group after having received a tip-off about their whereabouts. On Saturday, a similar tip-off led to the detention of more than 80 Bengali men attempting to flee UNHCR’s refugee camp near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border (story here).

Officers are now attempting to track down a group of about 70 other men who departed Phang Nga by boat last night.

“Those refugees were smuggled with the help of local officers. We will be conducting a larger investigation in order to apprehend the smugglers,” Mr Manit said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 mins ago

CCSA: Bars to stay closed for now, drunk customers risk the spread of Covid-19

Bangkok55 mins ago

Woman dies after jumping from Phra Khanong BTS station in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

263 covid cases linked to canned seafood factory in Songkhla

Phuket Sandbox July 1st

days
hours
minutes
seconds

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Drugs2 hours ago

Narcotics Control Board announce recent drug busts, heroin and cocaine sent by mail

Environment2 hours ago

3 Cambodian activists arrested for plotting against the government/insulting the king after documenting waste run-off

Chiang Mai2 hours ago

Chiang Mai eases restrictions, alcohol now allowed at restaurants

Thailand2 hours ago

Angry ex allegedly sets motorcycle on fire in school parking garage

Cambodia3 hours ago

6 arrested in Cambodia for allegedly trafficking people into Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 4,059 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand4 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Samut Sakhon governor calls for more vaccine doses after order was cut

Thailand5 hours ago

Fruit buyer arrested for allegedly using counterfeit certificates to export durian

Tourism6 hours ago

Airports of Thailand president says tourism won’t pick back up until October

Thailand6 hours ago

Mobile sterilisation/vaccination truck helps Pattaya’s cats and dogs

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

4 marijuana strains to be become National Heritages, possibly help effects of Covid

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending