FOURTEEN fishermen rescued from Indonesia’s Ambon Island arrived back to Yangon yesterday.
At the Yangon International Airport, authorities welcomed the fishermen who are from Yangon, Magway, Taninthayi, Bago and Ayeyawady regions as well as Kachin and Kayin states.
“We will investigate whether they were trafficked to Indonesia. If so, we will expose the human traffickers responsible. Even if they can’t remember their traffickers, we will record their cases and will try to get compensation for their grievances through the concerned authorities,” said Police Col Ye Win Aung of the Yangon Region anti-trafficking police force.
Out of 14, two did not get their salaries as they could not remember the name of the fishing boat or the company that they worked for.
They are currently being sheltered at the Social Welfare Department in Mayangon Township before they return home.
So far, 1,010 fishermen have been repatriated from Indonesia. There were 24 batches in 2015, and 28 so far in 2016.
Zaw Gyi (Panita)