July 04, 2017

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13 Myanmar workers rescued from slavery in southern Thailand

Rescued workers are seen at office of Myanmar Association Thailand. Photo: Supplied by MAT
Rescued workers are seen at office of Myanmar Association Thailand. Photo: Supplied by MAT

THIRTEEN Myanmar workers have been rescued from slavery in a rural province in southern Thailand following the combined efforts by Thai authorities and the Myanmar Association Thailand, according to the MAT yesterday.
The victims, whose ages range from 21 to 64, were enslaved on a fishing boat in Surat Thani Province, more than 700 kilometres ride from Bangkok, for between one and three years, according to the MAT.
“I worked on the fishing boat for three years and three months without pay,” said one of rescued Myanmar workers, adding that they were forced to work on the boat under threat of beatings.
The MAT is working together with anti-human trafficking task forces in Thailand in an effort to rescue trafficked Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand.
According to the MAT, 167 Myanmar victims of trafficking were rescued from human traffickers this year.—Soe Win

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