August 19, 2016

Migrants rescued from jail by Myanmar Association in Thailand

MYANMAR migrant workers in Thailand, who were arrested and put under the custody of Thailand’s Mahachai Police Station, were rescued by the Myanmar Association in Thailand (MAT) on Monday.
Four migrants, including a young girl, were seized by Thai police on the same day.
“We brought all of the migrants out of custody after paying fines of 1,000 Thai baht for Maung Soe Paing, 5,000 baht for Ma Khin Zaw and 1,000 baht for Zaw Min Oo.”
On the morning of 8 February, Thai authorities seized passport holder Tun Zaw Aung, 31, and pink identification card holder Maung Soe Paing, 26, who visited the former’s residence in Mahachai, a Thai port town, from Banfe in Samupkan District. The two migrants were seized while waiting for the bus back to Banfe.
Police said Maung Soe Paing was arrested for illegally traveling from Mahachai from Banfe.
Likewise, 19-year-old Ma Khin Zaw and 20-year-old Zaw Min Oo were also seized by police while they waited for a bus near Mahachai Market in order to go back their home in Banfayo that same day.
Thai police elaborated on their investigation of the case, saying they seized Ma Khin Zaw, who was found in possession of documents related to an illegal three-digit lottery, and Zaw Min Oo, who was unable to produce a work permit.
The four migrants immediately made contact with the MAT to ask for assistance.
Migrants who face violations of their rights as workers in Thailand may dial 084 6705727 and 080 588 5548 to reach the Myanmar Association in Thailand.—Soe Win


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