Cambodia has closed 43 of its temporary border crossings in Sa Kaeo province in an effort to prevent unregistered Cambodian workers from being caught illegally entering Thailand.
Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered the closures on Monday after Thai officials announced new tougher laws last week that would punish both illegal works and those that employ them.
They hope by closing the borders it will prevent workers crossing the border without passports and proper documentation as they could face fines up to 100,000 baht and 5 years in prison.
They also hope that the closures will help reduce smuggling of illegal goods and other contraband.
Thai farmers went to the checkpoints to collect daily farm labours but were told that the practice was at an end by Cambodian authorities.
Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said yesterday that the temporary crossing closures would not affect Thailand; he stated that the closures were not to do with the new labour laws but aimed at preventing the transportation of contraband goods.
Source : Bangkokpost
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