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A combined force of 200 police, soldiers and district officials encircled Bang Yai City, a major shopping and commercial complex in Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi province this morning and rounded up over 200 migrant workers for checks of their work permits.
The raid by the combined force came after many people in the area and visitors complained to authorities that a large number of migrant workers are working there, and they suspected the workers might enter the country illegally.
The raid at 2 am today was led by Nonthaburi governor Nisit Chansomwong.
A total of 233 migrant workers comprising Myanmar, Laotians, Cambodians, were rounded up for checks.
Authorities said 197 foreign workers have official permits to work, but 36 others have no official documents to produce to authorities.
They were later escorted to Bang Yai police station for temporary detention on charge of illegal entry.
The governor said the raid was also conducted in response to the order of the Prime Minister to tighten grip on illegal migrant workers in the effort to prevent crimes, drug trafficking, and labour abuse problem.