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Friday, July 5, 2013

Cambodians tell of being slave labourers on fishings boat in Fiji

Fiji has been named in two media reports on human
One of the victims tells his story. Hong Menea/Phnom Penh Post
trafficking by the owner of a major fishing company who is now in a Cambodian jail awaiting sentence.


Lin Yu Shin, who owns the Giant Ocean International Fishery, is accused of trafficking hundreds of Cambodians and sending them to work in slave-like conditions on fishing vessels around the world including Fiji, Qatar, Malaysia and Singapore.

Cambodian police say she trafficked mostly male workers from rural communities promising wages of about $200 per month in Japan but they were sold on to fishing operations on different ships around the world.


The Phnom Penh Post says victims spoke of how they were exploited by Giant Ocean at a press conference yesterday that was organised by the watchdog group, Adhoc.

Yei Chenda, who is 23, says he joined the company in 2011.

"They sold me to one captain of a fishing ship in Fiji, where my passport was taken and I was forced to work nearly 18 hours a day.”


Yei Chenda says he was told by the Taiwanese captain that if he worked hard, he would be paid extra, and his parents would get his salary. But he says it was months before the ship called in to port and when he was finally able to ring his parents, they told him they had received “nothing.” 

Another victim, Rem Vannak, told the paper, Voice of America, he was in Fiji for about two years working 21-hour days for no pay and was beaten when he complained.

Cambodia's Interior Ministry says in at least 700 cases Cambodians were sent to work on ships by Giant Ocean, winding up across the globe, off the coasts of South Africa, Fiji, Qatar, Malaysia and Singapore.

Kun Nath, another alleged victim of Lin’s company, says he ended up in South Africa. 

“In one day, we would sleep only two or three hours,” he said. “And though we would work for two or three days continuously, we still had just three  hours to sleep. Sometimes, the owner of the ship even hit me and my brothers when we fell asleep. I was thrown into the sea many times, but other Khmers rescued me.”

An estimated 34,000 Cambodians are believed to have gone to work abroad, in places like Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea or Japan in the past five months.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013070466659/National/anti-trafficking-laws-under-enforced-ngo.html

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/fishing-company-owner-awaiting-sentence-for-trafficking/1677481.html

23 comments:

Raikoti said...

With Fiji law and order not even protecting local citizens it is not expected that the Fiji Govt will protect foreign workers.

How can a Govt condoning animal treatment of escaped prisoners and still trying to identify those responsible who by the way have been clearly identified by the public on video ....how can this Govt protect foreign workers fishing in its oceans??

This is a Govt that has undertaken murders, torture, house burnings, intimidation of citizens and allowed PM and other ministers be paid astronomical sums without disclosing $$ amounts to public.

BAINIMARAMA is evil and is leading Fiji Mafia style.

NO WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR BAINIMARAMA IN NEXT ELECTION

Anonymous said...

As suspected human trafficking thrives under this regime. bainimarama magaitinamu conman sonalevu

Anonymous said...

This has been common practice of some Asian countries for many years now and has been exposed in the worldwide press often for a long time.

It is the promise of work and money that causes these unfortunates to take the risk.

It has absolutely nothing to do with Fiji supporting human trafficking unless anyone can produce evidence that Fiji has refused to accept these people ashore if they wanted assistance to escape from the boats.

Anonymous said...

Fiji is run by criminals it will attract overseas criminals and opportunist lowlives seeking to earn a living at the expense of poor Fijian taxpayers.

Rosi Nat said...


Fiji 7s Downfall is symptomatic of Paralysis in Fiji Under Bainimarama Mismanagement.

The environment and interferences in our lives by the Fiji illegal Govt in sports, which rears its ugly head in unaccountable dismissals and changes of our Rugby administration officials, policy guidelines and practices by sporting bodies reflect how the illegal Govt governs Fiji.

Fiji workers who do not support dictatorship or are political threats are dismissed on the whim of the dictator.

This is reflected in the huge continuous turnovers of Fiji 7s Team players. NO WONDER THEY ARE FAILING TO PERFORM.

On top of that the non stop world tour by the Bainimarama family to watch 7s games bring bad luck on our team.

WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR BAINIMARAMA

Today's Fiji Times

7s downfall

Arin Kumar
Friday, July 05, 2013


FORMER New Zealand sevens captain Eric Rush believes Fiji's downfall this season was a result of changing players at every leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series (SWS).

Fiji finished third behind winners New Zealand (NZ) and runner-up South Africa in the series.

Head coach Alifereti Dere used about 40 players this season of which more than 30 made their debut during the series.

Anonymous said...

Fiji won the 7s world cup (2005) and irb 7s series (2005-2006) when SDL was in power. Fiji has won nothing since this ulukau dicktator came to power.

aaa said...

now that the genie is out the Fiji regime has an obligation to check this out cos the trafficking is right here occurring in Fiji...otherwise Fiji is supporting trafficking...so it is not true that this has absolutely nothing to do with Fiji supporting human trafficking.

Anonymous said...

heard a rumor nukulau island ,sold to a Chinese state. is it true?

Anonymous said...

Yes it is. It is the first. There are more to come. We have been threatened with criminal charges if the information leaks.

Loyal Public servant

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 6:27 PM

Rumour is that the soil type on Nukulau is very rare and ideal for noodle growing.

This could be a great export opportunity for Fiji but it will require Chinese agricultural expertise to get it off the ground.

Anonymous said...

They say the best fertilizer for noodles is human shit.

The new Chinese owners are going to get Aiyaz to come to the island and make an opening speech.

They reckon what comes out of his mouth should give them enough fertilizer for ten years.

mark manning said...

Now your beginning to get the real picture and the motivation behind Frankie's and Aiyaz' coup!
Greed, nepotism and down right criminality!
Welcome to Fiji, the Criminal State!

Anonymous said...

this chinese company owns a Fiji registered company so Fiji must prosecute its directors and owners for being involved in people trafficking...and sentence them to imprisonment on Nukulau Island, that's the chinese plan.

Anonymous said...

This government has a darling and its Fulluck.trade..well known for human traficking..everyday you would see Neumi and his darlings willing and dealing and its chinas darlings with the illegal regime..so desperate for fast dollars cause countries like Australia and N>Z wont make deals with the illegals..You will always see customs officials of FIRCA and Immigration coming out of their offices with fat envelopes..this illegal government is so corrupt to its core that the signs are all out there for all to see..SAD

Anonymous said...

Human traffickers get away with what they do because local officials in these countries support them - that's suggested in these two stories so wht does that say about Fiji authorities?

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Donald Singh shares another one of his semi-literate views with us. This time he tells us " Developing tiri[mangrove]lands will make Fiji's economy grow" (Fiji Times 6/7).
The same Donald Singh once told us the use of forced labour in prisons was a good thing.
The prominent Fijian economist Prof Warden Narsey has on more then one occasion highlighted the deleterious effects of mangrove clearing for "development".
That has apparently had no effect on educating Mr Singh. I wonder why? Could it be that Donald Singh has a vested interest in mangrove land clearing "development"?
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

@Rajend Naidu

Donald Singh actually has a very valid point regarding the mangrove areas, especially around Suva.

If you were conversant with the area you would see that tiris over the past few years have increasingly become a polluted dumping ground for squatter settlements. The mangroves are being raped for firewood, areas dug up for planting causing soil loss and erosion to increase.

The areas are used for depositing household waste which is partially removed daily by the tides to become an eyesore for others. Those others being the decent people that get together now and again to clear up someone else's filth from the environment.

This ongoing act of desecration and pollution of the environment in some areas is ignored by authorities and the pretend conservationists because they never look outside the box.

As always there are two sides to everything.

Anonymous said...

Time has shown that the doctrine of necessity was a screen.

There were some compelling arguments in favour of the doctrine.

THAT WAS THEN. The subsequent actions of ASK, the Shameem sisters and Gates, is clear evidence that their true reasons behind the coup they engineered was to gain power.

It was to cover Gates from being sacked for his prior unlawful legal actions( the cocktail party etc..) (as well as his unholy pastimes).

It was to cover VB for his crimes of treason and sedition.

It was a blatant power grab by ASK and the Shameems to strengthen their positions and bank balances.

The victims of bullies sometimes become the most heinous criminals.

ASK and the Shameems were bullied and ostracised because of their religion.

Gates was bullied and raped multiple times at boarding school (all male).

VB was bullied as he was a half caste, rejected by Indo-Fijian and Itaukei alike. Some of his former school peers recall him also being molested by a catholic brother.

These seriously damaged people coming together makes the perfect storm.

The bullied becomes the nasty bully. The abused become the abusers.

On the subject of human trafficking, Sri Lanka is the number one location for the trafficking of young boys for sexual servitude.

Does anyone know anyone with strong ties to Sri Lanka.

When the dust settles on Fiji and the truth is finally revealed the average Fijian will be chilled to the bone.

THESE PEOPLE ARE OUR LEADERS.

God Help Us.

Anonymous said...

so how many nature resource wardens do the Fijian authorities employ to keep an eye out on law breakers and people who desecrate and pollute the natural /mangrove environment? I know it can never be any where near what the California state has. It's wardens keep a conscientious and diligent eye 24/7 to protect the nature environments. ( see Wild Justice -California) Fiji is after all third world.
But does fiji have anything at all in terms of protecting the natural environment such as the mangrove ecosystem?

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 10:05 PM

Fiji authorities are now starting to recognise the impact of environment destruction only because others from external sources are making them aware.

What the authorities have not yet taken responsibility for is actually doing anything about it. Whilst they attempt some basic education through the media there is no deterrent in place for those who are guilty.

The authorities take an easy laid back attitude as in many aspects of antisocial behaviour in that they are only there to advise people that it is wrong but will not get off their asses and police it.

Whilst you have a culture of selfishness where so many never consider the impact of their actions on others the problem will never be solved.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately this illegal regime is playing games when everyone else is serious with their preparation and gearing up towards the September 2014 election show down.No constitution,no political party and nothing about the change in the electrol boundaries .now Saneem is directing all political parties to pay up the adds bill with Fiji Sun.All these are pointing to one conclusion and that is " NO ELECTION "on the other hand the regime will not participate in the election .they will allow the election to go ahead as they said that they will remain in office until the first sitting of the parliament and beyon that. Is anyone's guess. Remember that new film called " LIE TO ME "

Anonymous said...

Congratulation to the UFDF and SDLP for the good work in speaking out for the innocent and the weak people who are honestly on the edge of their survival mode from the tyranny and evil deeds of the deceitful ,corrupt illegal regime. Dr Baba rightly said that Bainimarama has not got the depth of knowledge to be able to understand the geast of the matters pertaining to the risk and finer points contributing to the decision weather to allow or not to allow the participation of our men and woman in a volatile situation in as far as peace keeping mission is concern .To make this matter worse,Bainimarama is siding with Rusia the supplier of Azads arms and against US,NATO ,UN,France and UK who are arming the rebels. From this you can draw your own conclusion of the situation our man and woman will be facing in Syria.

Anonymous said...

Congratulation to the UFDF and SDLP for the good work in speaking out for the innocent and the weak people who are honestly on the edge of their survival mode from the tyranny and evil deeds of the deceitful ,corrupt illegal regime. Dr Baba rightly said that Bainimarama has not got the depth of knowledge to be able to understand the geast of the matters pertaining to the risk and finer points contributing to the decision weather to allow or not to allow the participation of our men and woman in a volatile situation in as far as peace keeping mission is concern .To make this matter worse,Bainimarama is siding with Rusia the supplier of Azads arms and against US,NATO ,UN,France and UK who are arming the rebels. From this you can draw your own conclusion of the situation our man and woman will be facing in Syria.