According to the victims, the accused and an associate lured them from their home country of Myanmar with promises of good, well-paying jobs. Once in Thailand, the family realised it was a trap. The brokers had lied about the work they would be doing, and illegal “debts” that they owed the traffickers for documentation, fees and transportation across the border had mounted. Some members of the family were forced to work gruelling hours for a fraction of the pay their traffickers promised, while others had their lives threatened if they did not do what the traffickers ordered.
The collaboration between HRDF and IJM that proved vital for this successful arrest was part of a larger effort by IJM to partner with local organisations around the world that seek justice for the poor. IJM will continue to work with our partners in Thailand to dismantle trafficking rings, like this one, that are responsible for exploiting and abusing workers in Thailand’s vast fishing industry.
IJM Bangkok is IJM's newest field office, funded in part by grants from the United States Department of State and the Walmart Foundation. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State or the Walmart Foundation.
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