Another 11 victims enslaved aboard Thai fishing boats have escaped and are being held at a detention centre in Indonesia. Chea Nara, the senior human rights monitor at Licadho, said the men had contacted their wives from Indonesia several weeks ago, nearly a year after they disappeared on to the boats. The families of the 11 men are from Som commune, in Takeo province’s Kiri Vong district.
Nuth Chantrea, the 24-year-old wife of one of the victims, said she received a call from her husband three weeks ago. “He told me that he was beaten by the crews on the boat before he was detained by the Indonesian immigration authorities,” she said.
Chea Nara said several brokers had offered the men jobs in Battambang in May, 2010, before luring them to work as grass cutters in Thailand, where they were trafficked on to fishing boats two days later.