12 May 2009
30 soldiers from the Burapa Task Force blockaded Phunamkleang village, Thaisamart village and Nonsawan village in Sa Kaeo province --arresting 130 illegal Cambodians, including 56 men, 50 women, 12 boys and 12 girls.
The arrest was conducted following a petition filed by villagers, complaining that the group of Cambodians snuck into Thailand and trampled on rice fields and cassava plantations, which caused damage to the crops.
The group said they were living in poor conditions in Cambodia so they want to earn money working in Thailand-either in Bangkok or Chon Buri province. Some of them were only aiming to work on the border of Thailand.
Thai authorities contacted the Cambodian border patrol police to take them back, which is in accordance with the agreement between the two countries.