102 foreigners busted by immigration since Christmas

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More than 100 foreigners have been arrested for overstaying their visas, working illegally and engaging in human trafficking since Christmas, Chonburi Immigration Office officials said.

Deputy police commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Ittiphol Ittisarnronachai announced results of the Dec. 25-Jan. 25 sweep that netted South Korean fugitive Park Kwang Huk and dozens of African prostitutes.

Of the 102 people arrested, 18 were charged with entering Thailand illegally and 20 for overstaying their visas. Park was one of those. He was wanted on armed-robbery charges in South Korea.

Another 50 people from Laos, Uganda, Kenya, Malagasy, and Tanzania were booked on prostitution charges while an Uzbek woman was arrested for human trafficking of sex workers.

Finally, 13 aliens were charged with working without a permit or in jobs reserved for Thai nationals, including as tour guides.