BANGKOK, Five North Korean women and three children between three to six years-old found wandering on a road in Thailand's northeastern Bueng Kan province on Monday have been charged with entering Thailand illegally, The Nation news portal reported.
Police were alerted at 6.30am about the group walking along Highway 212 (Bueng Kan-Nong Khai Road) and took them in for questioning.
With the help of an interpreter, it was determined that the group had fled North Korea into China's Yunnan province, first by bus to northern Laos, and then by hired boat to cross the Mekong river.
They claimed to have no particular destination in mind, though an unconfirmed report suggested they wanted to be arrested in Thailand and sent to South Korea.
About 30 North Koreans have crossed the Mekong into Thailand this year, including 20 in February alone.
Source: NAM News Network