A TOTAL of 71 Myanmar fishermen arrived back at Yangon International Airport from Ambon Island of Indonesia yesterday.
“The Myanmar fishermen worked on board trawlers in the waters off Indonesia. Most of them have got salaries. We will conduct investigations to determine whether they were trafficked or not,” said Police Major Ye Win Aung of the No 6 Anti-Human Trafficking police squad.
With the assistance of the Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia and the International Organisation of Migrant, they return home. The fishermen were from Yangon, Taninthayi, Bago, Magway and Ayeyawady regions and Mon, Kayin and Rakhine states. They were approved as Myanmar citizens by the Myanmar Immigration and National Registration Department.
The fishermen are being accommodated at the school for children with disabilities, run by the Social Welfare Department in Mayangon Township.
A total of 303 Myanmar citizens, in eight batches, have returned from Indonesia up until today with assistance from the Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia and IOM.
Zaw Gyi (Panita)