Three Human Traffickers Evade Arrest, 50 Rohingya Netted

Officers apprehended 50 Rohingya north of Phuket on 5 Jan 2015 [Phuket Gazette/Kritsada Mueanhawong]

(Phuket Gazette)

PHUKET – Police are hunting three human traffickers who evaded arrest as they attempted to smuggle more than 50 Rohingya, including six children, through Thailand to Malaysia early this morning.

The drivers loaded the refugees into three pick-up trucks in a rubber-tree plantation in Takuapa, north of Phuket, before attempting to evade police checkpoints on the main road.

“We received a report about the human traffickers planning to move people to Malaysia, so we called in a team of about 30 officers and laid in wait for the them to come through Baan Bang Kuk Nai, where we believed they would pass,” said Takuapa District chief Manit Pianthong.

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