Exploitation of Cambodian men at sea : Facts about the trafficking of Cambodian men onto Thai fishing boats

Fact sheet on the recruitment, trafficking, and exploitation of Cambodian men onto Thai fishing boats, published by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP). It is based on 49 cases of victims who escaped in Thailand or Malaysia and were assisted in their return home.

This SIREN report summarizes the facts about the trafficking of 49 Cambodian men and boys trafficked onto Thai long-haul fishing boats and assisted over the past 18 months by a network of responders spanning Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia.

There are some variations in the scenarios faced by these men and boys, but the common theme is deception and debt bondage by two or more Khmer and Thai brokers; their sale to a Thai boat owner for 10,000-15,000 Baht; slave-like working conditions at sea, including beatings, deprivation of food, inhumane work hours (for example, working 3 days and nights straight when nets need to be mended), lack of medical treatment for illnesses and injuries, and threats of death; and sometimes, reportedly, murder.