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Families seek help for workers in Thai jail

The families of six Cambodian migrant workers arrested in Thailand for crossing illegally into the country two months ago have appealed to Cambodian authorities to intervene after being informed they need to raise 8,000 baht ($230) per head to bail them out.

The six – Kim Tem, 22, Teay Ran, 19, Keo Sros, 25, Keo Srey, 18, Chhoun Kong, 16, and Deung, 17 – hail from Lvea commune, in Siem Reap province’s Puok district.

Ny Ngem, the mother of Kim Tem, said her son travelled to Thailand with an employment broker in May.

However, she was informed last week that her son has been held in a jail in Pathum Thani province in Thailand for more than two months.

“I don’t have the money to get my son freed,” she said.

Keo Can, the sister of Keo Sros, said she was told that if her family couldn’t put up the 8,000 baht, her sister would remain in jail for six to eight months.

An Vannak, the chief of immigration police in Poipet town, confirmed that Cambodian authorities were looking into the case.

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