Chiang Rai – Police yesterday morning rounded up 32 North Koreans, including an eightyearold boy, allegedly trying to sneak into Thailand by boat in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district.
Police patrolling the Khong River for drug smugglers and human traffickers, spotted three crowded boats delivering people near a riverside restaurant. The boats crossed quickly to the other side and the people separated in different directions. Police captured the 32 North Koreans, who told police via a translator they had escaped North Korea for China and boarded the boats at Xishuangbanna for Thailand, where they hoped to journey to a third country. They were charged with illegal entry into Thailand.