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Children used to smuggle un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand

 

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Eight people were arrested Thursday night for hiring children to smuggle sacks of un-milled rice from Cambodia into Thailand in the eastern border province of Sa Kaew.

 

Acting on a tipoff from Cambodia, a combined force of military, border patrol police, local administration officials and customs officers had been patrolling the border in Ban Sa-ngae of Tambon Tapsadet, Ta Phraya district.

 

The officials found a large number children, and a few adults, pushing carts along the Sripen Road, which runs parallel to the Thai-Cambodian border line.  Eight farm trucks and three trailers were also seen parked on the deserted road. On closer inspection, the carts were found to contain sacks of un-milled rice. About 120 people were arrested at the scene.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/children-used-to-smuggle-un-milled-rice-from-cambodia-into-thailand/

 

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6 minutes ago, ukrules said:

Why is this a problem?

I guess because then Cambodian rice would be sold as Thai rice? 

I don't know much about the rice market and what market controls exist. or if Cambodian  rice illegally entering the Thai market is a significant enough problem to warrant the Thai response. 

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The smuggled rice weighed a total of about 42 tonnes.

About 120 people were arrested at the scene.

 

That is about 350 kg per child.

Even mules can't carry that much...

 

Thai calculators. Or Cambodian calculators  ???

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