Thai National Falls from Building in Poipet, More Foreigners Deported

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Authorities sent back 110 Chinese nationals and 20 Vietnamese nationals on Monday and Tuesday for lacking passports or working without legal permits, immigration officials said. (General Department of Immigration’s Facebook page)
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A Thai casino worker died after falling from a building in Poipet city on Sunday, as authorities sent back hundreds of foreigners found working or staying illegally in the country. 

Nou Chivion, deputy provincial police chief for Banteay Meanchey, said a 22-year-old Thai woman, Ariza Khamcharoen, died after falling from a three-story building in the province’s bordertown of Poipet. 

The deputy chief said she had worked for a casino called “Y” and had a passport and visa. Her body was transferred to family members, who traveled to Cambodia. 

When asked about the cause of death, Chivion said she was drinking separately from her husband and his friends, who were in a different room of the building. The husband and wife “had an argument” before she fell off the balcony, he claimed. 

“The husband rushed to catch and hold her, but she moved and her feet fell down and her hands tried to hold [on] but could not hold it,” he said. 

Deportations Continue

The General Department of Immigration deported another 130 Chinese and Vietnamese nationals for working and staying without proper documents, following an operation in late October deporting more than 260 people. 

According to the Immigration Department’s Facebook post on Tuesday, authorities sent back 110 Chinese nationals and 20 Vietnamese nationals on Monday and Tuesday for lacking passports or working without legal permits.

The group, which included three women, was sent back via Phnom Penh International Airport and the Trapaeng Phlong Border Checkpoint in Tbong Khmum province. 

The 130 people would be banned from entering Cambodia for three years, according to the post.

The department previously announced a deportation of 263 foreigners on October 22, for the same charges of staying and working without proper documents. That group included 171 Vietnamese, 65 Chinese, 16 Thai, 9 Taiwanese and 2 Bangladeshi people. Interior Minister Sar Kheng said late last month that officials responded to more than 600 calls for rescue from businesses in 10 provinces, after launching a crackdown since August into scam and online gambling firms that rely on human trafficking and forced labor, which authorities have steadily begun to acknowledge.

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