Cambodians 'rescued' from Thai boats
PHNOM PENH - Twenty-two Cambodians who were allegedly trafficked onto Thai fishing boats as labourers have been rescued near the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, a Cambodian official said Wednesday.
- Published: 10/04/2013 at 07:21 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The men, working on Thai boats fishing illegally in Mauritian waters, were rescued in cooperation with the island and the International Organisation for Migration, interior ministry official Chiv Phally said.
"We are investigating to see how they ended up on Thai fishing boats," he said. Half the men flew back to Cambodia on Tuesday, while the other11 will arrive on Thursday.
Rights campaigners believe thousands of Myanmar and Cambodian men have been trafficked into Thailand's fishing industry, which provides seafood for restaurants and supermarkets around the world.
The US State Department has placed Thailand on a trafficking-in-persons "watchlist" for two years running.
Tens of thousands of Cambodians are believed to illegally enter Thailand every year with the help of brokers who promise them well-paid jobs.
Some are "forced at gunpoint to go onto Thai fishing boats to work without salaries," charged Moeun Tola of the Cambodian Legal Education Centre.
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