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The head of Thailand’s Region 6 immigration met the press yesterday to report that 686 people – mostly foreigners – had been apprehended for various offences in the period from July 1st to 25th.
Maj-Gen Jetsada Yaisun said that many were illegal migrant workers but some were involved in human trafficking.
Some 436 people had no permission or had illegally entered Thailand. Fifteen were on overstay. Forty nine had no work permits. Twenty five were wanted on warrants. Others were on immigration related charges or other lawbreaking.
Twelve people were involved in human trafficking cases in Songkhla and Satun – this involved Thais, Malaysians and people from Myanmar.
Seven people from Myanmar were found to have fake passports. They had entered via a natural border in Kanchanaburi and were headed for Malaysia to work.
They were using genuine passports that had the picture changed to their own – a new way of doing things that was difficult to detect.
They had paid agents 16,000 baht each for the passports, an official told the press.