Four men had been arrested and charged with human trafficking after being caught helping six people illegally cross into Thailand for work, police said yesterday.
Sith Los, Banteay Meanchey anti-human trafficking police chief, said police had arrested all 10 people on Saturday as they attempted to cross the border.
The six workers told police the alleged brokers had made them pay as much as 200,000 riel ($50) for the crossing.
The six had since been released after police warned them of the perils of illegal border crossing and dealing with brokers.
Los said that according to his department’s findings, more than 3,000 people had been rescued from illegal brokers in the province this year, a jump of about 1,000 from the corresponding time last year.
“Officials are keeping a very close eye on this type of activity,” he said.
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