Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - 38 heading to Thailand busted hopping border

38 heading to Thailand busted hopping border

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Migrants are held for crossing the border into Thailand in Battambang province’s Kamrieng district on Saturday. POLICE

38 heading to Thailand busted hopping border

Kamrieng district police in Battambang province are searching for a suspected people broker who fled after 38 individuals were arrested while attempting to illegally cross the border into Thailand on the night of August 21 near the Ou Chamlang Bridge in Ou Chamlang village of Ta Sen commune.

Kamrieng district deputy police chief Nget Vanna said on August 23 that district police were investigating the case and hoped to arrest the suspect who is believed to have brokered the failed border crossing.

However, the broker managed to escape as border police unit 819 were arresting the other people.

Vanna added that on August 22 at 11:30am, the district’s specialised police received from the border police the detainees, of whom 15 were females and 13 minors, for questioning.

Citing the detainees, Vanna said that they had come from different provinces, such as Kampong Cham and Tbong Khmum. The broker phoned them when to cross the border. Each person had to pay 5,500 baht to the broker to take them to their workplace across the border.

“When they arrived in Kamrieng district, motor taxi drivers picked them up at a cassava plantation in Ou Chamlang of Ta Sen commune free of charge. At 8pm, the broker was taking them across the border when they were arrested by police. The broker wore a hat and a mask, so they could not identify him,” he added.

Vanna continued that these people are victims. So, after questioning the police instructed them and made them sign a contract. They were allowed to return to their homes.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia resumes issuance of tourist visas

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced the resumption of its tourist visa and visa exemption programme after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter dated October 20 and addressed to foreign embassies and consulates, foreign minister Prak Sokhonn

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the