Five Burmese migrant workers are suspected of killing four members of a Thai family, including a 5-year-old child, over an unpaid debt.
More than 1,000 Burmese migrants have returned via the Maw Taung border checkpoint in Tenasserim, with perhaps a similar number crossing at Kawthaung, the southernmost port in Burma.
Acting on a stringent new labour law, Thai police are leading a crackdown on Burmese migrant workers.
Burma and Japan are currently negotiating a fresh MoU aimed at creating technical training programmes in Japan, as well as protecting trainees’ rights.
However, the court also acquitted agri-export giant Betagro, accused of involvement in encouraging forced labour.
A Thai labour tribunal has ordered a construction company to pay over 180 Burmese migrant workers more than US$140,000 in unpaid wages.