Migrants still slipping through closed Thai-Cambodian border, despite pandemic fears

A military truck carrying returning migrant workers from Thailand to a quarantine center in Banteay Meanchey province on June 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Vann Vichar

In April, 18-year-old Sophoth illegally crossed the Thai-Cambodian border to work at a factory. In July, he was arrested and sent back through a legal border checkpoint. His journey mirrors that of many Cambodian workers who continue to cross into Thailand each month despite the coronavirus-related border closures, in the hopes of earning a living wage.