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.
GV Train arriving PAN ALONG Train (2 shots)
SV People carrying bags of sugar to train
SV People loading sugar onto train (2 shots)
SG INT Man attacking sugar under passenger seat
GV Crowds surround train
SV Sugar stack on bicycle and being wheeled away
LV PAN FROM Soldiers TO people shopping in border market
GV People with gifts and presents and also sugar in market area
GV Border check-point PAN TO Customs post (2 shots)
SV Troops patrolling border area
SV Man buying black market sugar at border bridge
GV People crossing border bridge
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Background: 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.