10 Burmese migrant employees arrested in Songkhla

10 Burmese migrant employees were arrested this morning at a rubber plantation near the Malaysian border within the southern Thai province of Songkhla. Police say 7 migrant workers managed to evade capture.
A combination of provincial and immigration police went to the plantation that is close to the Dan Nok Village, opposite Malaysia’s Kedah State, in anticipation of a van full of migrant workers that would arrive around 7am. 10 of the Burmese nationals have been then arrested and 7 others escaped. The van driver, 35 yr previous Athiwat Siwasutham, was also detained.
Athiwat says he was employed by a Burmese agent to take the 17 staff from a rented house in Ban Rai to a rubber plantation. They had left the rental home round 4am and got to the rubber plantation some three hours later. Myths says the workers had been supposed to be taken across the border into Malaysia by a different man, who had been paid 1,500 baht a head to take the employees to the border.
The Burmese employees say they’re from the Rakhine State in Myanmar and that they’d paid between 20,000 to 30,000 baht every to agents to get jobs in Malaysia. The staff and the driving force were given to the Sadao police for additional authorized proceedings. The police say they are still on the lookout for the 7 employees that obtained away..

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