Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Deceived’ farmers locked in Thai jail

‘Deceived’ farmers locked in Thai jail

‘Deceived’ farmers locked in Thai jail

Four Cambodian farmers who thought they paid for documents allowing them to work in Thailand remain behind bars in the neighbouring country following their arrest on April 23.

Three men and a woman from Prey Veng province each paid 9,500 baht ($300) for documents they believed allowed them to work in Thailand to broker Huy Tom, said So Heurn, 56, whose son was arrested in possession of fake documentation.

“When my son arrived in Thailand, the police arrested him and the other three at Sa Kaeo province,” Heurn said. “He … said they were arrested for false documentation, but I have not been able to contact him since.”

Those arrested include Som Khum, 44; Moa Tren, 46; Sou Dina, 25, and Khoun Srey Noun, 22.

When Heurn and families of the other three arrested tried to contact the man they say provided documentation that resulted in their arrests, none could reach him, according to a complaint they filed with rights group Adhoc.

Eng Kimly, an Adhoc coordinator working on the case, said families of the detainees reported being under the impression that they were paying for above-the-board access to work on a Thai farm.

“They attempted to find work at a plantation in Thailand, but were arrested upon arrival,” Kimly said.

“We do not know whether the broker cheated them or if the documents are legal or not, and have urged the families to file a complaint with the authorities.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong could not be reached.

Meanwhile, a Phnom Penh Municipal judge on Saturday found four Chinese men guilty of human trafficking and three Cambodian women guilty of trafficking as well as providing fake documents.

“The three Cambodian women were caught while they were preparing to send three girls to China by plane from Phnom Penh International Airport,” police told the Post. Police found and arrested the others based on information provided by six victims between the ages of 17 and 25.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • EU parliament’s 13-point vote to decide on possible sanctions

    The European Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a 13-point resolution on Cambodia – which includes a call for the treason charges against bailed opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped – a threat that could see the EU enforce a range of sanctions against

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey