Border guards of the Long Binh Border Gate in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have detected and arrested a total of eight people attempting illegal border crossing to Cambodia in a night.
The border jumping attempt was discovered on late Tuesday night and the early morning of the next day, said Lieutenant Colonel Dinh Quang Diem from the Long Binh Border Gate.
The first group of illegal migrants was found in An Khanh Village of An Phu District at around 7:30 pm on Tuesday.
A working group on COVID-19 prevention and control under the Long Binh Border Guard, in cooperation with An Giang police officers, identified the migrants to be 31-year-old Miu Tau Khin and 22-year-old Che Xiu Phong from the southern province of Dong Nai.
The second group was uncovered at around 1:00 am on Wednesday at Hoi Dong Ferry Terminal in Binh Di Village of An Phu District, where officers detected five people plotting illegal entry into Cambodia, namely Ha Huy Hoang, Nguyen Van Bac, Hoang Nhat Khanh, Nguyen Ngoc Son, and Vu Van Vuong, all of whom are young men hailing from northern Lao Cai Province.
At 2:15 am on Thursday, border guard forces noticed another case of border trespassing in Tan Khanh Village, where 23-year-old Nguyen Van Tuyen tried to enter Vietnam from Cambodia before being caught by another COVID-19 prevention working group.
One case out of the eight was subject to a penalty of VND3 million (US$130) for illegal border crossing, while five others were fined VND400,000 ($17) each and deported from the area for attempting to trespass on the border, Lieutenant Colonel Diem revealed.
The border guard force is further investigating the remaining two cases from Dong Nai Province on suspicion of affiliation with a human trafficking ring, he added.