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.


  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of