Migrant sues drunken chain-wielding boss in Thailand

Migrant sues drunken chain-wielding boss in Thailand

A Burmese migrant worker has filed a police report against his Thai employer who he alleges attacked him with a chain, leaving him with lacerations all over his body.

Thailand-based Burmese migrant rights group Aid Alliance Committee for Myanmar Workers (AAC) said the victim, Aung Zaw Myint, 27, was beaten by his reportedly drunk employer at their workplace, a metal factory in Nakhon Pathom, just outside Bangkok.

“The Burmese man lived in the factory’s premises. He was having a quarrel with his wife in the evening and was beaten by the employer for being noisy,” said AAC coordinator Ye Min.

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“The employer was apparently drunk at the time. He thrashed Aung Zaw Myint with a metal chain, leaving wounds on his back, arms and face.”

Ye Min said the employer kicked the couple out of the factory after the attack. The AAC is currently providing them shelter, and has filed a report against the employer with local police. The employer was summoned by the police but is yet to show.

The AAC is a migrant-based organisation that provides assistance and shelter to Burmese migrants in Thailand. The group says it is currently looking after more than 30 migrants who had been left homeless after losing their jobs and being mistreated by their employers.

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