Authorities are questioning more than a hundred Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned by traffickers in face of increased vigilance by police.
117 migrants, mostly from Bangladesh were found in Songkhla province on Friday.
In the jungles of Songkhla, 13 undocumented Rohingya, including four children, were found abandoned in a forest area on Thursday.
They looked tired and hungry. They were given food and drinking water before being taken to a police station.
They told the local administration authorities, they had travelled in a group of 30 by boat and entered Thailand at Satun, where their traffickers forced them to walk through the forest on foot for 13 days.
They had yet to pay the traffickers, who promised to help them reach Malaysia. The cost of the trafficking service was to be paid off later when the immigrants arrived at the destination and worked without pay for two years.
Volunteers were searching for 17 other Rohingya immigrants lost in the forest after they were abandoned by traffickers .
On Wednesday, another 17 Rohingyas were found in the jungles of Rattaphum district and taken into custody by local authorities.
Another 29 Rohingyas, including a number of children aged six to eight walked into a village in Satun’s Langu district. They were starving and the children were frightened and crying for their mothers.
The 29 were given food and clothing and are staying temporarily at a mosque in the village. They said they had travelled by boat for 24 days before being dumped in a mangrove forest area.
Traffickers have reportedly shifted from land routes to international sea passages to bring the Rohingya to Malaysia through Ranong and Satun provinces, according to Thai media.
In Ranong, provincial governor Suriyant Kanchanasil instructed 300 police, soldiers and other security officers to patrol along the Thai-Myanmar border in Kra Buri district, after receiving a tip-off that about 500 Rohingya were to enter Thailand.
Source: Bangkok Post