Six illegal migrants from Cambodia were caught at a roadside checkpoint in Sa Kaeo this weekend designed to stop illegal border crossings and potential risk of spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
The Border Control, Royal Thai Police and other divisions have recently stepped up border control at the direction of the government. Sa Kaeo has been a particular hotspot with many illegal migrants attempting to cross the border to work in Thailand illegally. With concern of the potential spread of Covid-19 at an all time high checkpoints are in effect on many roads in the Sa Kaeo area. Local villages on the border have also been instructed to report any strangers.
Mr. Kajornsak Sonsom, 48, from Sa Kaeo, was arrested for driving the six Cambodian Nationals. He reportedly admitted to being paid 3,500 baht per person to smuggle them over the border in the Ta Prayha district and transport them to Phetchabun.
Kajornsak will face multiple charges related to smuggling illegal migrants into the country, as well as communicable disease act charges according to Sa Kaeo police. As for the six illegal migrants they will be tested for Covid19 and deported to their own country. Officials said before their capture on Highway 33 they were not exposed to the general public other than Kajornsak.
Photos/Original Thai report: 77kaoded