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Human Trafficking Gang Busted in Northern Thailand

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CHIANG RAI – Thai Immigration officers arrest a human trafficking gang while trying to smuggle illegal migrant workers into Thailand from Myanmar.

Twenty six illegal migrant workers from Myanmar were found crammed on two pick-up trucks, traveling from Chiang Rai to Bangkok.

The two drivers and their assistants, all are residents of Chiang Rai, have been charged with human trafficking.

Immigration offices of Phichit and Phitsanulok and police coordinated in intercepting the smuggling attempt as the two trucks were on a highway linking Phichit and Phetchabun.

Police officers said the smugglers tried to avoid authorities and traffic checkpoints by taking secondary highways to transport the migrant workers.

The workers each paid the smugglers about Bt12,000, hoping to find jobs at construction sites in Bangkok, police said.