A 50 year-old man was arrested in Phnom Penh on Saturday after he tried to traffic 15 people across the border to work in Thailand, anti-human trafficking police said.
Hay Seng was caught at the van departure point at Doeum Kor market, where he was about to send the victims from Phnom Penh to Poipet City in Banteay Meanchey province, before they were to seek employment illegally in Bangkok, municipal anti-human trafficking police chief Keo Thea said.
The victims, all from Kompong Cham province, paid Mr. Seng $150 to be taken to work for a sugar company.
The suspects were being transported illegally, Mr. Thea said, because they were found to have no documents permitting them to enter Thailand.
“Police found they did not even have a passport or any other documents,” Mr. Thea said.
He said Mr. Seng was sent to court Monday for questioning by prosecutors, who are scheduled to continue questioning him today.
The fifteen workers were sent back to their home provinces following Mr. Seng’s arrest.
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