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Illegal foreign workers: Thais urged to call the “Rat Line” on 1506

Thais have once again been urged to rat on foreigners stealing their jobs.

The director of the Department of Employment Petcharat Sin-uay gave details of arrests and deportations of hundreds of workers sent home for doing jobs reserved for Thais in Bangkok. 

They included hairdressers, security guards, motorcycle taxi riders and massage staff.

Most were hawkers and street stall workers selling food such as fruit and flowers. 

She said that Thais could contact the Department of Employment or call their special hotline on 1506 extension 2 to report people working illegally. 

Petcharat was giving figures based on the period of October 1st 2018 to May 7th 2019. 

In this period the department had proceeded to investigate 1,229 cases involving 701 hawkers, 501 street stalls, and 27 security guards, motorcycle taxi riders, massage staff and salon workers. 

Some 378 people had been prosecuted. Of these 126 were from Myanmar, 98 Vietnam, Laos 63, Cambodia 51, India 34, China 2 and four others. 

Some 211 people had been deported and 1,055,000 in fines collected. 

She said that people taking jobs reserved for Thais could be fined 5,000 to 50,000 baht. 




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