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Over 100 migrant workers arrested in Phuket, half deemed illegal

PHUKET: More than 100 migrant workers were arrested on Sunday afternoon (July 17) during raids on a worker’s camp and construction site in Thalang.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 19 July 2016, 11:02AM

However, almost half were later released without charge after their employers turned up at the police station with their work permits.

Wonsurachat Decharun, Deputy Chief of Security Affairs Group at Phuket Provincial Office, and officials from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command joined together to take part in the raids targetting workers located in Thalang.

Mr Wonsurachat said, “The first raid was carried out at 2:30pm at a camp on Moo 1, Srisoonthorn where 70 arrests were made.


“We then went on to raid a construction site in Moo 4, Thepkrasatti where a further 34 migrant workers were arrested,” he said.

All those arrested were taken to Thalang Police Station to be formally charged, however, during this process some of the worker’s employers came to the station and presented their employee’s paperwork confirming they were legal workers.

I understand that there are around 50 migrant workers who are still being held as nobody has come forward with their paperwork to confirm their legality,” he added. 



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Kurt | 20 July 2016 - 11:48:31

@ Ericdekegel, Very interesting to read your comment.
Yes, I have friends who experienced about the same as you described.
I hope Swerve and Joe12 read your comment as well.

It is funny, in a way it are the thai employers who \'steel\'  thai labor jobs by employing illegally foreign workers.

ERICDEKEGEL | 19 July 2016 - 20:31:54

There employers showed up also with en anveloppe for sure,this is missing in the article, I build 2 houses last year and had sometimes 3 times a week a check from very unpolite local officers just waiting to get something unfortunately for them all workers where legal. If they checked them beginning of the week then they not have to come back 2 days later as they have there papers done for 1 year....

Kurt | 19 July 2016 - 18:13:47

Why are the thai employers who employ illegal workers not arrested?
The thai employers break the thai laws.
If they didn't, there would be not a single illegal foreign worker.
Again,  class justice is the thai standard. Yes or no?

Why this primitive raid? 
Why not visit the employers and check there the working permits first before arresting so many people who should never been arrested...

Christy Sweet | 19 July 2016 - 12:31:42

Please come and check out the 50 meter long building number 3 at a labor camp just erected on Layan, Soi 7. Not only is it going to house hundreds, maybe a thousand workers (and their dozens of free roaming dogs) but is a fire trap without one window or fire escape. How did such a dwelling get a building permit?

Whos In Charge? | 19 July 2016 - 12:25:23

Why are those not employing illegal workers being arrested?  Can't be that difficult to find out who are the Contractors and, or owners of the building sites that are being raided. 

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