Group of 32 Thai nationals rescued by Cambodian authorities after reportedly unlawfully being detained in rooms while being smuggled for work in Cambodia

Cambodia –

Cambodian soldiers and police officers rescued 32 Thai workers in the Sihanoukville city of Cambodia today, February 18th, after reportedly being detained in rooms while being smuggled for illegal work in the country.

The report followed a post shared by a Thai Facebook page which revealed pictures and a video clip of a group of Thai people, claiming that they were deceived to work and were currently detained in Cambodia and were in need of urgent help.

The status said that more than 30 Thai people were being unlawfully detained inside a room and left starving for one day. The group believed that they were scammed and would be trafficked anytime soon.

A victim in the clip stated that they were told to work in a China Town located in Sihanoukville city. When they said they wanted to go home, the Chinese employee told them to pay USD3,000, or about 100,000 baht per person, otherwise, they would be sold on the following day to unknown work.

The victims also revealed that there were allegedly security guards holding electric batons and some wore guns in front of the rooms. A total of 32 Thai people were locked in two rooms located on the second floor of the building, the first room had 14 people and the second had 18 people.

The Center for Children, Women, Family Protection, and Anti-Trafficking in Persons of the Royal Thai Police began an investigation and gathered information. All of the detained said that they had previously applied for a job on social media to work as online administration in Cambodia.

They told the officials that, at first, the business employer allegedly said that they would be working in the country only in the Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province. However, when they arrived at Sa Kaeo, they were reportedly smuggled across the border to Sihanoukville for illegal work. They said that they were unable to work, so they were detained for trafficking to others.

According to local media, the Cambodian police officers and soldiers had safely rescued the group of Thai people and took them to the Sihanouk Immigration to return to Thailand.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.