On Saturday night, 4 Thai women were arrested at a security checkpoint in Tak’s Mae Sot district after they illegally crossed the border from Myanmar into Thailand, officials said.
The first 2 Thai women were arrested on board a Mae Sot-Bangkok bus at the Ban Hin Fon checkpoint at Moo 6 village in tambon Mae Pa of Mae Sot district.
The other 2 women were caught later at the same checkpoint on a bus heading from Mae Sot to the northeastern border province of Mukdahan.
In a subsequent interrogation by the authorities at the checkpoint, the 4 Thai women, whose identities were not disclosed, said they worked at a casino in Myanmar and had illegally crossed the border into Thailand to return to their home provinces.
The officials did not reveal how the women managed to cross the border illegally.
They were initially charged with illegal entry. After going through a COVID-19 screening process, they were put in local quarantine in Mae Sot pending further legal proceedings.