Three Vietnamese have been arrested for allegedly selling food illegally in Muang district in the Thai province of Nonthaburi, a Thai newspaper reported Thursday.
The 30-year-old man and two women in their 20s said they had obtained “approval stickers” and paid 2,000 baht (US$57) a month to the police for permission to operate, The Nation said.
Prachuap Thongyu, chief of the Employment Department's Inspection and Job Seekers Protection Division, said the trio had rented a house in the alley and sold food on the street for three months using a cart provided by an unnamed Thai person.
The suspects also showed the officials the many "approval stickers" they had obtained from a police officer for 2,000 baht a month, according to the The Nation.
Thongyu said the trio could have entered the country as tourists but later found a way to work illegally, an offence punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of between 2,000-100,000 baht.