Thai police rescue 12 Moroccans trafficked to Myawaddy: Myanmar

The Nation reports that 12 Moroccans who had been trafficked to Myawaddy to work in Myanmar were taken by Thai police through a border gate into Thailand’s Truk district on July 5.

He said that after the Moroccan embassy contacted Thai Forward Party lawmaker Rangsiman Loem in May to request the rescue of 21 of its nationals trapped in Myanmar, the Royal Thai Army and the Moroccan embassy launched an operation to rescue them.

He said the Royal Thai Army had consulted with local NGOs and humanitarian groups about the situation of the trafficked Moroccans and negotiated with the casino owner. When questioned about those released, 21 said they had been deceived and trafficked by a Moroccan call centre gang. Of the remaining nine, seven were released after their parents paid the gang, and two are still working, he said.

Meanwhile, a group of Filipinos who were trafficked to Myanmar are seeking permission to leave the country, a Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs official said.

The Filipino nationals were allegedly deceived into working in Bangkok and then sent to Myanmar where they were forced to work in the cryptocurrency industry.


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