Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
EIGHT men and three women have been arrested at the Thai border on suspicion of producing fake documentation for migrant workers, police said.
Chief of Poipet district police, Um Sophal, said that officials had charged 11 people with making counterfeit family books – which are collections of identifying documents - and borders passes in Poipet town, Banteay Meanchey province.
The suspects were arrested during a 7am raid on Friday at Poipet’s international checkpoint and charged Saturday.
“This is the first time we have cracked down and arrested people for producing fake family books and borders passes in Poipet,” said Um Sophal.
“Migrants come from other provinces to work on the Cambodian-Thai border. They have no legal documents to stay here and enter Thailand, so to get them they find counterfeit family books and border passes.”
The investigation is continuing.
“We have identified other people who are involved and the masterminds of illegal document production activities. We hope that they will be arrested soon,” he said