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Thai Military Arrests 71 Burmese Migrants

28 April 2014

A task force unit of the Royal Thai Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment arrested 71 Burmese nationals suspected of working illegally in Thailand’s Ranong Province on Sunday, reports The Bangkok Post. The migrants—55 men and 16 women—were apprehended after the army received a tip-off from a source in the province’s Kra Buri District. They were found resting near an oil palm plantation as they were awaiting transport to another location, the report said. It is believed that the workers had been brought to Ranong, which borders Burma, by human traffickers, and were bound for other destinations in Thailand, including Phuket, Surat Thani, Songkhla, and Malaysia.