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Indonesia jails 5 Thai captains for enslaving fishermen

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    Indonesia jails 5 Thai captains for enslaving fishermen
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/894492/indonesia-jails-5-thai-captains-for-enslaving-fishermen

    AMBON, INDONESIA -- Five Thai fishing boat captains and three Indonesians were sentenced Thursday to three years in jail for human trafficking in connection with slavery in the seafood industry.

    The suspects were arrested in the remote island village of Benjina last May after the abuse was revealed by The Associated Press in a report two months earlier. The men were tried separately in Tual, an island in southeastern Maluku province, about 2,900 kilometres east of Jakarta.

    The three-judge panel also ordered the defendants to pay fines of about US$12,250 each or serve two more months in jail. In addition, the Thai captains -- Youngyut Nitiwongchaeron, Boonsom Jaika, Surachai Maneephong, Hatsaphon Phaetjakreng and Somchit Korraneesuk -- have to pay a total of $67,800 in compensation to their crewmembers.

    "They all have been proven guilty of violating the anti-human trafficking law," said Edi Toto Purba, who led the panel. "They deserve the jail sentences as well as the fine."

    He gave one week for the prosecutors, who had sought heavier sentences, as well as the defendants to appeal the verdict. Indonesian prosecutors had demanded prison sentences of up to 4 1/2 years for the five Thais and Indonesian Hermanwir Martino, and 3 1/2-year sentences for two other Indonesians, Yopi Hanorsian and Muklis Ohoitenan. They also demanded compensation ranging from $3,750 to $26,000 for the crew members.

    Thirteen fishermen from Myanmar testified under protection of Indonesia's Witness and Victim Protection Agency. They told the court they had been tortured, forced to work up to 24 hours a day and not paid. They also said they were locked in a prison-like cell in a compound owned by fishing company Pusaka Benjina Resources, which has since been shut down. Martino and Ohoitenan worked for the company, and Hanorsian was known as the "enforcer" among the fishermen, who accused him of beating and torturing them in front of an Indonesian flag until they collapsed.

    Some workers were angered by the outcome.

    "They should be sentenced more because they tortured many fishermen for years. It's not fair for us," said Win Ko Naing, 26, who was enslaved in Benjina for almost six years. He has been following the case closely from Myanmar, but did not testify at the trial.

    "They will never pay us compensation because they know how to get away from punishment," he added. "I will never forget what they did to many people over many years. Three years imprisonment is too easy for them. "

    The AP investigation found that thousands of poor migrant fishermen, mostly from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, were recruited in Thailand and brought to Indonesia using fake travel documents where they were subjected to brutal labour abuses. Some had been enslaved for years or decades. The AP found some men locked in a cage and saw others calling out for help over the railing of their trawler. A company graveyard with dozens of bodies buried under fake names was also located. The Indonesian government carried out a dramatic rescue in Benjina in April, just over a week after the report ran.

    More than 2,000 men were freed and sent home last year as a result of the investigation, which traced slave-caught seafood to some of the most well-known U.S. grocery stores and pet food brands, including Wal-Mart, Sysco, Kroger, Fancy Feast, Meow Mix and Iams. In addition, US congressional hearings have been held, legislation has been changed, more than a dozen people have been arrested and multi-million dollar seafood cargo ships have been seized.
     
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    @William Hung

    Indonesia is working to set up a minimum payment regulation in our fishing industries, along with the obligation on the industry to pay for government health insurance that will cover their worker and their worker families health needs. I believe our new conduct in this industry can give more example to any government in SEA to treat their fishing industry workers in a much better way.
     
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    Why should he?

    dont tell us if you support slavery....:disagree:
     
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    @Place Of Space

    Madokafc is a Javanese-Japanese blood

    Despite what is happening in Syria, Iraq and Libya, as a whole, Islamic World is huge, the combined nominal GDP is above Japan, and we are all developing countries with many with rich natural resources and some with large industrial out put, meaning that the economic growth is projected to be quite high for many years to come for almost all of us.

    And now with Pakistan economic growth start to pick up and Bangladesh which has been doing well for quite long, the future for us seems to looks pretty good.
     
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    What ever ..........

    I just want to say that none can underestimate us, we tend to unite if one of us get attacked just like what happened in Afghan war.
     
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    What happened?o_O
     
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    Well, I think we all know the result, of course at that time we were side by side with Western world, particularly USA. Afghan war weaken USSR Empire.
     
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    You are still overall side by side the western world. Lol
    Anybody who believes in this delusional ummah united muslim world bullshit is either a fool or just naive.
    Every country is after its national interests. Doesnt matter whether its islamic country or not. Some muslim countries leaders might try and plsy the Ummah card to shore up public support and legitimize their regime/rule over the people/country, but we all know they dony believe in this ummah crap. Lol
    If they did believe then Islamic countries: Iran will NEVER ally with non islamic atheist/orthodox Russia bombing 'innocent muslims' in Syria, Pakistan will never have close ties with the U.S, and U.K , Gulg states will never be allies with U.S,U.K, and FRANCE, U.S, U.K,France would have never fought christian SOVIET UNION etc. Lol

    So some delusionaldelusional folks can keep dreaming about an ummah, if it makes them happy then so be it.:enjoy:
     
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    no ummah

    only marketing strategy, you can sell everything into Muslim World by adding ummah, Brotherhood and Halal label onto it

    actually it's good for everyone who wants to penetrate that kind of "naive" market by understanding the physic of Muslim Society
     
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    I can answer that easily.....

    But I edited what I have written for strategic purposes........ :-)
     
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    I just want to answer this, this is really surprised me that I need to clarify that...

    LoL, Do you think we hate Christian people/countries......... :D

    I hope your belief about Muslim Ummah in this particular aspec is not a majority in Western Nation ( even though I suspect Trump supporter has similar opinion with you )

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    Quran:

    "...and nearest among them in love to the believers will you find those who say, 'We are Christians,' because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant" (5:82).