20 Thai online casino workers detained for illegal entry
Immigration police have detained 20 Thai workers who crossed border illegally to work at an online casino in Preah Sihanouk province.
The Thai nationals were arrested for illegal entry on Friday in Sihanoukville and are awaiting deportation through Phnom Penh.
General Department of Immigration spokesman General Keo Vannthan told Khmer Times yesterday that they are cooperating with the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh to send back the 20 Thai workers.
Preah Sihanouk police chief Major General Chuon Narin told Khmer Times yesterday that they had arrested three Chinese and a Thai man involved in running the illegal online gambling.
He said police are also looking to arrest a Cambodian broker who brought the Thais into the country illegally.
Maj Gen Narin said police sent the 20 Thais for Covid-19 rapid tests and five came out positive.
He said while in isolation, the five posted fake news on Facebook that they were detained illegally by the online casino owner and asked for urgent help so that they could return to Thailand.
“Don’t be confused by claims that the Thais were rescued by police after being illegally detained by the casino owner,” Maj Gen Narin said. “They were actually arrested for entering Cambodia without legal documents.”