Burma Correspondent: The authorities of Thailand have rescued about 30 Myanmar victims from notorious human traffickers’ hands in Phuket province.
“On information of a Myanmar victim who could manage to flee from the traffickers, the rescue operation was conducted by Thai authorities and discovered the place where the 29 victims were locked inside on the province’s Siray Island and recovered them” said Anti-Human Trafficking Division’s Commander Pol Maj General Kornchai Klaykluent at a press conference yesterday.
He further said, “In addition to helping these victims out, police also managed to arrest three suspects”.
The suspects were identified as Jiw San Nyunt, Sow Mo and Soe Win Aung Zo.
Police said “The victims initially came to Thailand willingly as they were promised to paying jobs. However, after they arrived, they were locked in such a shelter all the time except when they were ordered to work on a fishing trawler”.
“Each ‘work trip’ on the fishing trawlers lasted about seven days. Some of them were also physically attacked while on the boat,” Kornchai said.
He added that the victims wept that they had not received any wages yet because the three suspects said they had to repay money owed to Soe Win Aung Zo first.
“This suspect confessed that he had paid for their travel expenses since they (the victims) left Myanmar,” Kornchai said.