• Short Summary

    Sugar smuggling -- referred to politely as "peasant commerce" -- is booming in a little Thai town of Poipet on the north-west border of the country with the Khmer Republic.

  • Description

    Sugar smuggling -- referred to politely as "peasant commerce" -- is booming in a little Thai town of Poipet on the north-west border of the country with the Khmer Republic.

    It is reported that each day about 2,000 people travel from Battambang over the border in the Khmer Republic, to Poipet and return by train with bags of sugar, to sell them at a 60 percent profit in Phnom Penh, Khmer Republic's capital.

    The Khmer authorities turn a blind eye to the smuggling as it provides work for people who would otherwise be unemployed.

    Sugar, now constituting the biggest volume of smuggled goods, is a scarce commodity in the country where communist-led insurgents have now controlled its sugar-growing areas and refineries.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC91C5QIE0C7BA6LVB9747EYCH
    Media URN:
    VLVAC91C5QIE0C7BA6LVB9747EYCH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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