13 Dec Myanmar ‘human trafficker’ alleges Thai bribery

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A Myanmar man arrested for smuggling Myanmar migrant workers into Thailand accused officials at the Ban Pu Nam Ron-Htee Ki border checkpoint and local policemen of taking bribe money from his gang, according to the Bangkok Post.

The man identified only as Ko Win was pulled over at a Thai military road checkpoint erected to curb human trafficking and to crack down on cross-border visa runs and was found to have no stamp in his passport, according to the December 11 report.

Ko Win confessed to paying money to immigration officials and police, admitting that he had made many cross-border runs with migrant Myanmar workers.

He accused the immigration officials of exploiting the so-called non-Thai identification cards issued for migrant workers under the Thai military junta’s migrant labour policies.

Major General Nat Intharacharoen, commanderof the Thai 9th Infantry Division, said soldiers and provincial authorities are collecting evidence to identify more people involved in the gang and verify Ko Win’s allegations.