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How the four men were trafficked through Thailand to Phuket

Phuket Trafficker Tricked 'Slaves' to Work on Fishing Boats

Monday, June 9, 2014
PHUKET: A human trafficker trapped in a sting has confessed to using four Burmese as unpaid slaves for six months on his fishing trawlers from the fleet's home port, Phuket.

The man, Aow Mo, 49, also Burmese, told officers from Phuket City Police Station that he had been enslaving workers on his vessels for two years.

Alerted by labor rights officials in April, Phuket police eventually traced Mr Aow, who had told relatives of the men inside Burma that they could each be sent home on payment of 20,000 baht.

One of the relatives telephoned Mr Aow from Burma to say the money was ready and Mr Aow went to the Phuket bus station for a meeting with more ''relatives'' on Friday.

When the money changed hands, the four men were brought from their hiding place by an accomplice, and police immediately arrested Mr Aow.

After giving statements to police, the four unpaid workers were returned to Burma.

They said they'd been recruited and duped into signing on as fishing trawler workers in Burma then brought to Phuket as illegal immigrants.

Mr Aow said he had been working on Phuket for eight years and using slave labor for the past two years. He faces a heavy jail term.

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It is so sad to hear about these slave labours. Unfortunately they are not the only ones. Mr Aow should not only serve long time in jail but also be forced to pay wage to all the people he have used.
Phuket is not the only place the police need to check, but also the fishing ports in Phang-Nga and all the way up to Ranong.

Posted by OJ on June 9, 2014 12:54

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I came across this same horrific situation in Vietnam in the 90's, when my then Deck Foreman told me had been hijacked onto a Korean fishing boat at the age of 20, & only escaped after a miserable 8 months of beatings, hard labor & poor quality & quantity food.

Posted by Logic on June 9, 2014 14:16

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This is disgusting.
Add to the fact that the burmese ship owner enslaved his own people.

Posted by william on June 9, 2014 22:37

Editor Comment:

You say that as if somehow it adds to the crime. Why should it?

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Ed, because they use the credulity and the natural trust one feels towards his/her own people.

Posted by william on June 10, 2014 11:26


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