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77 illegal migrants caught

Labour Welfare and Protection Department chief Phanich Jitjaeng reported yesterday that a random check on fishing boats operated by 10 establishments in Samut Sakhon had found 77 illegal workers, mostly from Myanmar.

Since fishing-boat operators suffered labour shortage, the authorities have issued warnings and urged businesses to register migrant workers in the Department of Employment registration session in March, or else face legal action.

In a move to curb forced labour and human trafficking, officials this month inspected fishery establishments in Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla, 348 textile establishments in Bangkok and Tak as well as several sugarcane plantations in Udon Thani and Khon Kaen. The department was making a report on findings to be tabled at the February 11 meeting in Khon Kaen.


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