Police arrest Thais for alleged smuggling of Burmese refugees

In the district of Khun Yuam, in Mae Hong Son province, regulation enforcememyannt apprehended three Thai citizens who were allegedly facilitating the illegal smuggling of Burmese refugees from a brief lived holding facility. The occasion unfolded on Thursday night. Several of those migrants, comprising 5 children and 5 adults have been discovered within the culprits’ automobiles once they have been apprehended the next day.
Upon performing on intelligence that Burmese refugees had secretly left their designated shelter, local authorities and cops organised a checkpoint along Highway 1337, positioned in Tambon Mae Kee. As part of their operation, they halted a pair of pick-up vans with Chiang Mai licence plates travelling in succession and located several passengers inside.
Now concerned in this operation have been identified as 21 yr previous Sangworn, 38 yr previous Anai, and fifty four yr old Anurak. The drivers of each trucks, in addition to their accomplice had been Thai nationals. The remaining passengers had been Burmese refugees. Six adults and four youngsters aged between 5 and fourteen years outdated carried no documentation but demonstrated fluency in Thai, reported Bangkok Post.
According to the group’s testimonies, following the fallout of conflict inside Myanmar, they sought refuge in a nearby camp located in Tambon Mae Ko, close to the border. They had been en route to satisfy family members situated within the Mae La Noi district of Mae Song Song.
Anai confessed to police that he supposed to pick up these unauthorised Burmese refugees nearby the camp and drop them off in the vicinity of Ban Mae Kee. The migrants were then expected to arrange with their relatives for further transportation.
He further revealed that he had assisted Burmese refugees in escaping the shelter twice previously. He claimed that he was contacted by the refugees, who had been received his contact information as a result of he was a known contributor of relief supplies to the centre..

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