Battambang provincial police officials detained on Tuesday more than 100 migrant workers allegedly attempting to cross illegally into Thailand despite ongoing pandemic restrictions.
The Pailin provincial court is questioning a man allegedly responsible for bringing 47 Cambodian migrant workers, including minors, to work in Thailand illegally. The workers were arrested by Thai authorities on Saturday morning while reportedly crossing through an unofficial checkpoint along the border.
Cambodian migrant workers continue returning in large numbers, following the reopening of the Thai-Cambodian border late last week, with more than 1,400 returning to Banteay Meanchey alone on Sunday.
Migrant workers have started returning to Cambodia as Thai-Cambodian border checkpoints reopened Thursday and Friday, following a two-week shutdown to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
“The truck driver and ringleader dropped us off near a mountain and we walked from 7 pm to 11 pm to arrive at the Thai-Cambodian border,” Sreyna said.