10 smuggled Cambodians found in trafficking suspect’s truck

Friday, 11 November 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 45 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A Thai man was arrested for smuggling 10 illegal Cambodians in the back of his truck.

Kritsana Khamla, 24, was apprehended in Jomtien Beach Nov. 2 after running a police checkpoint. His alleged accomplice, identified only as “Tom,” escaped.

Police had attempted to pull over Kritsana’s Toyota Vigo pickup at Pratamnak Road but the vehicle failed to stop and officers pursued. The vehicle finally stopped after crashing into a metal barrier on Jomtien Beach Second Road and both Thais fled on foot.

In the covered bed of the Toyota, police discovered 10 Cambodians, including three women and a child.

Kritsana Khamla is being detained for smuggling 10 illegal Cambodians in the back of his truck. Kritsana Khamla is being detained for smuggling 10 illegal Cambodians in the back of his truck.

Investigators claimed Kritsana confessed to the smuggling, saying he’d picked up the Khmer workers in Rayong and was shuttling them back to Srakaew from where they’d make their way to the border. The fee was 1,400 baht each.

Police are holding Kritsana, believing he is part of a larger human-trafficking ring.

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