Seven Nigerians have been arrested for being in possession of 100 marriage visas.
After being apprehended by Thailand authorities for keeping 100 marriage, the seven Nigerians will also help in the ongoing investigations on the matter.
The Nigerians including two persons from Afghan were together arrested on Wednesday at Chaengwattana Immigration office according to news from the South-east Asian country.
The culprits had reported connived with Thai women to register sham marriages after paying each of them THB5,000 ($150).
Inconsistencies were identified by Immigration officers after the nine men tried to verify paperwork indicating 100 foreigners as single and qualified to be married as reported.
According to reports based on the investigations carried out, members of this cartel met Thai women via social media especially Facebook and requested a sham marriage be conducted so their stay in the country can be elongated after they have gotten a resident visa.
Chatree Arunananant, who is the Director-General of the Department of Consular Affairs, noted that the Nigerians arrived in Thailand with temporary visas and to buy a long time to live in the country they lured Thai women through the use of social media mostly from Facebook to conduct fake marriages with them for financial rewards. The foreigners would now be able to apply for resident visas using the marriage documents which would permit them to stay for much longer in Thailand.