Thailand Banks on Tech to End Slavery at Sea.

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Thailand Banks on Tech to End Slavery at Sea.

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:10 pm


June 26, 2018

SAMUT SAKHON/BANGKOK, THAILAND — Enslaved on a Thai fishing vessel for 11 years, Tun Lin saw his fellow workers lose their minds one after another, with one fisherman jumping into the sea to end his

The 36-year-old, who was rescued in 2015 after losing four fingers and being stranded on a remote island for years without pay, is now lobbying for fishermen's rights with the Thai and Migrant Fishers Union Group (TMFG).

More than half the estimated 600,000 industry workers are migrants, often from poor neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar, United Nations (U.N.) data shows.

Under growing consumer pressure, Thailand has introduced a raft of modern technologies since 2015 - from satellites to optical scanning and electronic payment services - to crack down on abuses in its multibillion-dollar fishing industry.

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Re: Thailand Banks on Tech to End Slavery at Sea.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:42 pm

And so it goes on. Long read.

August 30, 2019 / 2:07 AM / 2 days ago
New rules, new debts: slavery fears rise for migrant workers in Thailand
Matt Blomberg, Nanchanok Wongsamuth
PHNOM PENH/RAYONG, Thailand, August 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Leng Lyda swapped Cambodia for a fishing town in Thailand hoping to find a job in the seafood industry, he was ready for hard work. But he wasn’t prepared for the delay, or the debt.

The 22-year-old landed a job as soon as he arrived earlier this year, but without the right to work, he spent three months living rough on the docks and racking up debts while his employer processed the papers to hire him as a migrant worker.

“All I can do is wait,” Lyda said, sitting in a ramshackle cafe as Cambodians dragged giant nets onto trawlers behind him.

“After, I have no choice but to work for him until I repay the debt,” he said, explaining that he would start his job owing at least 30,000 Thai baht ($980) to his employer due to the registration fee and other expenses. “My fate is in his hands.”

Millions of migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos toil in Thailand’s low-skilled sectors, where limited state oversight and unscrupulous employment practices leave many vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery, activists say.

The Southeast Asian nation last year launched an overhaul of the registration process for migrant workers, granting them the same labor rights as local hires, including access to free healthcare, pension contributions and child allowances.

In the first phase of the revamp, the government aims to ensure two million legitimate migrant workers are registered afresh - a process that must be carried out by employers but paid for by workers earning as little as 10,000 baht a month.

Visas, work permits and health checks - the conditions of the new agreement - cost a total of about 6,700 baht.

However migrants and labor activists said that employers, middlemen and brokers are inflating the cost and saddling workers with fresh debts - trapping many in exploitative workplaces as they struggle to pay off what they owe.

Debt bondage is one of the world’s most prevalent forms of modern slavery, which affects 610,000 people in Thailand, shows the Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation. ... SKCN1VK006
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Re: Thailand Banks on Tech to End Slavery at Sea.

Post by yong » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:01 pm

So sad this land of Buddhism that I live still practice cruel slavery.
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