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Thai police have arrested ten Burmese people during raids searching for illegal migrants as the country cracks down on human trafficking rings within its borders.
In the last fortnight Thai police have rounded up more than 250 Myanmar Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants following the discovery of dozens of graves in secret jungle camps run by people smugglers.
On 16 May, Thai police raided a construction site in southern Thailand’s Samut Prakan Province and detained 85 migrants who could not produce the correct paperwork. They are being held on charges of illegal entry, according to the Bangkok Post.
Speaking to DVB, Aung Kyaw, vice-chairman of Migrant Rights Network, said, “These current arrests are connected with the chain of trafficking gangs. Police are searching according to the confession of people connected to trafficking gangs. They were asked where they brought the migrants, and where they kept them. So, one after another was arrested.”
Many of those arrested in the past few days were abandoned in desperate conditions in the remote southern jungle bordering Malaysia after smugglers fled following the crackdown.
“Police have already indicted 187 on illegal entry charges … so those cases are being processed now,” deputy national police chief Aek Angsananont told AFP last week.