Over 50 Illegal Vietnamese Workers Arrested in Capital

More than 50 illegal Vietnamese migrant workers were arrested Wednesday while working on the construction site of luxury estates in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, police said.

Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s general immigration department, said 51 migrant workers were detained during a raid of their living quarters next to Borey Angkor in Khmuonh commune.

“Early this morning we raided them before they left their quarters outside of the Borey Angkor construction site for work,” he said Wednesday.

“We will deport them out of our country after we have made a report to the Vietnamese Embassy,” he said.

Major General Heisela said more than 1,400 illegal Vietnamese migrant workers have been deported since January and his officials were now planning to target illegal fishermen.

“We will raid illegal Vietnamese freshwater fishermen on the Tonle Sap river with the cooperation of provincial police and national police because most of them have no documents and cause anarchy by fishing there,” he said.

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