Three Thai manpower brokerage firms and several former labor officials got kickbacks for sending workers to Taiwan, an adviser to the Thai parliament's committee on labor said yesterday.
Ikaporn Rakkhwamsuk said the firms and officials will be investigated.
He said initial investigations have shown that a Thai official and several former labor officials collaborated with Taiwanese politicians and brokerage firms to exploit 1,700 Thais working for the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp.
The matter only came to light after the Aug. 21 riot by Thais in Kaohsiung.
He said the suspects have close exchanges with Taiwanese brokerage firms and that they collected 80,000 to 130,000 baht (about US$2,000 to US$4,250) for each laborer they sent to Taiwan.