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Migrants tell of slavery at sea on Thai fishing boats FEATURE 09/15/2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Migrants tell of slavery at sea on Thai fishing boats

FEATURE

09/15/2011
RAYONG — Thousands of men from Myanmar and Cambodia set sail on Thai fishing boats every day, but many are unwilling seafarers — slaves forced to work in brutal conditions under threat of death.

The day Hla Myint saw the sea for the first time was when traffickers delivered him, after a week’s trek through the jungle from Myanmar, to a ship on Thailand’s coast.

He said it was the beginning of seven months of “hell,” during which there were beatings “every day, every hour.”

His is one of a multitude of stories of slavery in Thailand’s multimillion-dollar fishing industry, which campaigners say relies on forced labour to provide seafood for restaurants and supermarkets around the world..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110915com6.html

1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

this is sht! anong mga restaurants ang nakikinabang dito at i.boycott natin

"His is one of a multitude of stories of slavery in Thailand’s multimillion-dollar fishing industry, which campaigners say relies on forced labour to provide seafood for restaurants and supermarkets around the world.

"Hla Myint decided to escape — throwing himself into choppy waters and clinging to a life buoy for five hours before reaching land — after seeing his captain kill a crewmate."

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