Task Force Hunt For 20 Illegal Myanmar Migrants As 101 Others Deported Via Mae Sai

Border Security

A combined task force is trying to track down 20 Myanmar people who sneaked across the border via Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The search follows the arrest of a Myanmar national near Khao Din checkpoint in Muang district yesterday. The 36-year-old man got lost from the group three days ago and was detained by a village head and volunteers as he was searching for food.

Lanthom Nguikai, the village chief, said local administrators, police, and troops had been dispatched to search for the 20-strong group who crossed the border near tambon Ao Noi last week.

Authorities were zeroing in on rubber plantations in the area and had set up checkpoints on local roads to search every vehicle, said Ms Nguikai.

The group, who intended to travel to Samut Sakhon, each paid an agent 10,000 baht to sneak them into Thailand and they were told to wait for a driver to take them there, she said.

Five Myanmar women have been arrested in Chiang Rai for illegally entering Thailand after leaving a hotel near a checkpoint in Mae Sai district.

They did not have identification or travel documents and said they had crossed the Mae Sai River from Myanmar’s Tachiliek town and hoped to find work in Bangkok. Upon arriving in Mae Sai, they were collected by a pickup truck and dropped off at the hotel near the checkpoint.

They were told to wait outside the hotel for transportation to Bangkok when they were arrested.

A total of 101 Myanmar people, 51 men and 50 women, were deported yesterday via Mae Sai, according to Thai border authorities. They were screened for COVID-19 by Myanmar health officials and four of them, who had records of working in Nonthaburi and Chon Buri, tested positive.