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Wrong visas: Recruitment firm accused once again

Wrong visas: Recruitment firm accused once again

Thai immigration authorities sent 22 Cambodian migrant workers home on Sunday, saying their visas, which did not allow them to work in Thailand, had expired more than a week ago.

Neth Sary, general consul in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province, yesterday said the group were sent back to Cambodia via the Poipet town border crossing, due to the visa situation.

However, some of those sent back yesterday said they paid recruitment firm AP TSE & C Cambodia Co Ltd, for jobs in Thailand and visas enabling them to work in the country for two years.

“The company sent me and other people to work at a pineapple juice factory in Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan province,” said Voeun Choeun, 35, who said he paid $550 last month for the job placement and documentation. “We worked just over a month, then the factory kicked us out, saying our visas . . . were only tourist visas.”

In October, five people in Pailin filed complaints against AP TSE & C, saying the firm failed to provide documentation to work in Thailand after collecting hundreds of dollars for the service. AP TSE & C officials could not be reached yesterday.

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