Authorities have arrested 30 Myanmar nationals who entered Thailand illegally in two separate groups.
The initial group, comprising 11 men and three women, were discovered on Saturday while hiding in a village of Sangkhla Buri district in Kanchanaburi province after illegally crossing the Thai-Myanmar border.
Under questioning, the jobseekers said they were from Phyathonezu Township in Myanmar, having each paid 17,000-25,000 baht to brokers so they could work in Bangkok.
A second group of 16 migrants, numbering 10 men and six women, were later apprehended by a combined police-military patrol in Kanchanaburi’s Sai Yok district.
Its members, from Mawlamyine and Yangon townships, told Thai officials that they had each also paid 17,000-25,000 baht to work in either Bangkok or Samut Sakhon province.
After undergoing coronavirus screening, they were handed over to local law enforcement to be processed, pending deportation. (NNT)