2 Thai drivers charged with trafficking '400' Rohingya

Khaosod English : Two Thai men have been arrested for allegedly trafficking nearly 400 Rohingya into southern Thailand. 

Police charged Sawasdi Phadungchart, 27, and Sutthipong Chuaipattana, 49, with human trafficking after the pair was intercepted in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province with 98 Rohingya, many of whom were children, crammed into the back of several pickup trucks.
 
Three other Thais suspected of participating in the operation managed to flee before police could detain them.
 
Police say they believe the two men in custody have facilitated the smuggling of "nearly 400" Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority from western Myanmar, into Thai territories.  
 
A DSI agent told reporters he believes "at least two businessmen" were involved in the trafficking of these Rohingya. He added that the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) is already trying to trace the money trail of the suspected ringleaders. 
 

 

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