25 September 2014, The Irrawaddy

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Thai authorities in the border town of Mae Sot have arrested scores of Burmese migrant workers and a group of Thai nationals accused of illegally recruiting them, the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok has confirmed.

The authorities in Thailand’s Tak province arrested the gang on Sunday at a house in the Mae Pa Ward of Mae Sot, the Thai news portal manager.co.th quoted local officials as saying.

Eight Thai nationals accused of running the recruitment operation and 75 Burmese people believed to have been recruited by the men have been detained, the website reported.

Thai authorities will reportedly charge the Thai men with facilitating the migrants’ illegal entry into Thailand, and the Burmese men will also face immigration charges.



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