Burma Times Desk Report: March 31, 2015
Thai police detained 76 Burmese migrants including six Rohingyas at Tong Sung district in the southern Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Monday, according to Reuters.
They were heading to Malaysia in search of work, Police Colonel Anuchon Chamat, deputy commander of Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Police, told Reuters.
“They were sitting with Thai passengers and upon inspection by authorities were found to have no travel documents,” said Anuchon, adding that police have yet to determine whether traffickers were among the group.
“It seems they wanted to go to Malaysia for work and had boarded the train at different locations along the route. It is difficult to say whether traffickers are among them.”
Thailand has been criticised by the international community and rights activists for failing to act against human traffickers. Investigation by Reuters and the Phuketwan also uncovered ties of high ranking government officials with criminals who smuggle Rohingya refugees. Thailand is also notorious as a source country for trafficked women.