Thai cops save 49 victims of human trafficking, 2 locals held

Some of the Myanmars rescued by Thai police in Bang Klam, Songkhla, on Sunday. They are believed to be headed to Malaysia. (Bernama pic)

SONGKHLA: Thai police saved 49 victims of human trafficking, including a four-year-old, believed to be waiting to be smuggled into Malaysia.

Child Protection, Women, Family and Human Trafficking Centre director General Sucheras Theerasawat said police rescued eight Myanmars in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in Rattanaphum district, Songkhla, at 6am yesterday.

He said all the victims were hidden in the back of the MPV, believed to be waiting to be smuggled into Malaysia.

“Police arrested another two locals, including a woman, who was the driver of the MPV.

“They admitted to have sent Myanmars to Songkhla at least 10 times before being smuggled into Malaysia for 1,100 baht (RM100) per person,” he said when contacted.

Suchat said Thai police also saved 41 people — 22 Rohingya including a child and 19 Myanmar Muslims — hidden in the forest in Bang Klam, Songkhla, on Sunday.