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Illegals from five countries set to be deported from Phuket for violations

Phuket Immigration Nab 84 Illegals in Crackdown

Saturday, August 17, 2013
PHUKET: Immigration officers arrested 84 illegals on Phuket yesterday and plan to deport them.

One woman who had nine fishing trawler workers seized in the raid was surprised by the arrests. She said she had paid 200,000 baht to Immigration two months ago to prevent such a raid.

The woman, who gave her name as 'Pa,' said the workers were taken from a vessel at the fishing port at Koh Sireh, east of Phuket City.

Another woman who had workers arrested said: ''If Immigration arrest our workers, how can be get out to sea to catch the fish?''

Phuket Immigration Superintendent Colonel Sanchai Chotkayaikij said the Commander of the Immigration Bueau in Thailand had ordered a crackdown.

He said the crackdown would continue until August 31 and then be resumed in a similar way in September.

''These people are mostly seeking jobs on Phuket,'' he said. Most of the arrests were on boats around the east coast port.

Khun Pa told Phuketwan that some of the workers had been with her for 10 years. She said she had to spend 600,000 baht every month for fuel and wages and other items to keep her single-boat fishing operation going, and there were fewer fish to catch off Phuket.

She had 20 Thais and Burmese working for her. One of the officials who took part in yesterday's raid told her that the crackdown was generated by allegations of trafficking of Rohingya in Thailand, she said.

The 84 people arrested - including four women - were mostly Burmese with four Vietnamese, two Indians, two Pakistanis and two Cambodians.

The Indians, the Pakistanis and the Vietnamese were arrested in Patong, with expired visas. They will be charged with overstaying.

All 84 were due to be confined at Phuket Immigration cells overnight, where space was created after 36 Rohingya escaped last weekend.

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These people are the worst problem for me as far as Patong is concerned. They are pushy and rude. This is great news.

200k to immigration, we'll see how far that investigation goes.......

Posted by Tommy on August 17, 2013 10:04

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Ed, we touched upon this point recently where you said most countries loan their citizens the money for a flight back but is this internationally agreed law that is almost universally applied? The reason I ask is surely in many if not most cases one of the problems is finance to get people back to their home countries and therefore a large worry for the people deported.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on August 17, 2013 10:24

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The women who claims her fishing boats cannot get to sea because they have arrested her workers - for workers read slaves. Many are forced into this job against their will & kept imprisoned for very long periods of time, working in inhuman conditions.

I worked with a Vietnamese man back in 1996 who had been forced into such labor on a Korean fishing boat & only managed to escape after 8 months of hell - very poor food & regular beatings.

If the owners of these boats openly flout these laws, then they will also be the ones who ignore the rules on restricted areas & drag their nets over dive sites at night doing unbelievable damage to coral & what fish stocks remain.

I have no sympathy for Khun Pa (who probably lives like a queen) & I hope the authorities have zero tolerance for her attitude & punish her for paying backhanders to immigration to get preferential treatment.

Posted by Logic on August 17, 2013 10:41

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''She said she had paid 200,000 baht to Immigration two months ago to prevent such a raid.''
At least that was two months ago. Have things changed?

Posted by Pete on August 17, 2013 11:15

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@ Pete
Two month ago means she might have missed to do a payment last month...i guess...

Posted by Mr. K on August 17, 2013 11:44


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