A Burmese man has been arrested in southern Thailand’s Songkhla Province for trafficking fellow Burmese workers to work in the fishery industry.
Burma now ranks with Uzbekistan, Sudan and Haiti at the bottom of a list of nations criticised by the US government for failing to do enough to end human trafficking.
For one Burmese man, a few beers with a friend turned into a five-year ordeal on a Thai fishing boat.
For those who escaped slave-like conditions in Southeast Asia’s exploitative seafood industry, the nightmare is over, but the memories remain.
Esther Htusan, a journalist from Kachin State, was one of four journalists responsible for a series of reports on modern slavery that earned a Pulitzer.
Two dozen freed slaves forced to work in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry are due to return to Burma on Thursday.