Unregulated and untaxed: Casino on Thai border Thrives

When we arrive at the Border Guard Force checkpoint, security guards look us up and down, then ask if we are coming to the casino. It’s 8pm. We nod and are allowed in. The 24-hour 999 casino is located on the bank of Kayin State’s Thaung Yin river that separates Myanmar and Thailand, dividing Myawaddy […]

Thai-Myanmar border trade resumes through Mae Sot

Myanmar soldiers reopened ports on the Moei River opposite Tak province to trade on Tuesday night after Thai authorities allowed oil exports to resume through pipelines to Myawaddy. Myanmar soldiers had closed 23 ports on the river bank on Tuesday morning. This followed Thai officials’ recent decision to ban fuel deliveries through pipelines. They said […]

Myanmar workers in Thailand paid below minimum wage

Ninety per cent of Myanmar workers working at factories in Tak Province do not receive minimum wages, and four factories pay minimum wages to Myanmar workers, according to the Mae Sot-based Joint Committee for the Affairs of Myanmar Citizens. “About 300 factories are running legally, and more than 1,600 factories are running illegally. Among those […]