Troops from the Burapha Task Force arrested more than 200 illegal immigrants from Cambodia at a sugarcane plantation near the Thai-Cambodian border in Aranyaprathet district of Sakaeo province on Saturday.
The 241 Cambodians had slipped across the border apparently with the help of a human trafficking gang and were hiding in the sugar plantation in Ban Non Sao-ae, waiting to be picked up by pickup trucks or passenger vans.
They reportedly told military officers that they paid a broker 2,500 baht per head who offered to take them to work at construction sites in Bangkok and peripherals.
They reportedly said that the pickup trucks or vans would take them to Chachoengsao province where they would be transferred to taxis and driven to Bangkok or neighbouring provinces to work.
All the illegal immigrants were fingerprinted, photographed and had their personal information recorded after which they would be deported back to Cambodia.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)