How life on a boat turned into hell
A Myanmar migrant worker says he is lucky to be alive after falling victim to a human trafficking racket. Unlike many of his compatriots who are still ensnared in the clutches of slave labour, Ma Win, 56, returned to shore safely in Samut Sakhon after 23 harrowing months on a fishing trawler
Ma Win was tricked, sold, exploited, bashed and spent sleepless nights on a fishing boat terrified of a man who had been ordered to kill him by a ruthless human trafficking boss. Amazingly, he survived to tell his story.
“I’d never thought of working on a fishing boat,” Ma Win said through a translator. “My days on the ship were not pleasant.”
He said his stressful journey into the human trafficking chain began two and a half years ago when he left his hometown in a small village near Yangon to pay respect to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
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