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10 Thai teenagers lured to Myanmar to work as slaves


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10 Thai teenagers lured to Myanmar to work as slaves

The kamnam in Mae Sot district of Tak has called on authorities to take immediate action to rescue 10 children living in dire conditions in Myanmar. The teens, aged between 16 and 19, had been promised high-paying jobs at a casino across the border.

Peng Khamwan and Khun Chan Thiyanan, a victim’s grandparents, said a group of Thais called “Boker” met their grandchild in September and promised him a job as an administrator of an online gambling group.

They said the youngster was offered a monthly salary of 24,000 baht, plus free housing, food and paid vacations.

“But Boker trafficked our grandchild and nine other victims to a Chinese-run casino in Myanmar. The children were forced to sign a contract in the Chinese language that they could not read,” the grandparents said.

A distraught father, Paradorn Sornphat said his son and the nine other victims had to go to work without breaks. He said it was the youth’s job to trick Thais into investing in cryptocurrency and making them pay for their food and drinks.

“When the youths demanded to return home, they were threatened and detained. Now their employers are saying they will have to pay 90,000 baht each for their freedom,” Paradorn said.

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