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Myanmar man arrested on alleged human trafficking charges

May 17. 2019
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A 31-year-old Myanmar man was arrested in Songkhla on Friday on charges allegedly related to human trafficking.

Suspect Thi Har - who was wanted by a Ranong Court-issued arrest warrant over the charge of conspiring to harbor illegal migrants - was arrested in Tambon Ban Phru in Hat Yai district, said Immigration Bureau Region VI deputy chief Pol Colonel Natthapakin Kwanchaipruk.

The suspect reportedly confessed to working with a human trafficking gang by collecting illegal migrant workers from recruiters in Ranong, Kanchanaburi, Chumphon and Samut Songkhram as well as in Songkhla's Bang Klam and Hat Yai districts. 

They would stay in the hillside area behind a golf course in Tambon Ban Phru waiting for gang members to collect them to be smuggled into Malaysia, the suspect said.

Police took Thi Har to re-enact the crime at the hillside camp, which showed traces that some foreign migrants resided there recently.

The Myanmar suspect's arrest followed an operation on May 11 that netted 27 male Myanmar migrant workers from the hillside camp who had been kept there for seven days and nearly starved. 

The hillside camp raid stemmed from the previous arrest of a recruiter who told police that he dropped the smuggled workers off to hide in the area while waiting for transport to Malaysia.

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