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Thais Arrest Burmese Workers with Fake Passports

25 September 2013

Thai immigration officials in the border town of Mae Sot arrested three Burmese nationals on Tuesday for possession of fake passports, reports The Bangkok Post. One of the suspects, a 37-year-old man identified as Miew Oo, allegedly confessed to buying the passports for 16,000 baht (US $509) in Myawaddy, opposite Mae Sot on the Burmese side of the border. According to Pol Col Pongnakhon Nakhonsantiparp, the immigration chief for Thailand’s Tak Province, it was the first time Burmese migrant workers had been caught using forged travel documents. He added that he believed the fake passports were produced in Thailand.