Multi-Organizational Effort Leads to Safe Repatriation of 54 Cambodian Men Trafficked to Thai Fishing Vessels


May and June 2016, Phnom Penh – A multi-organizational effort was coordinated to repatriate 54 Cambodian men who were trafficked to fish on Thai boats in Indonesian waters. The men experienced exploitative labor conditions, including overworking and confiscation of documentation papers, before being jailed in an Indonesian detention center for  illegal fishing. In collaboration with IOM Cambodia, CTIP prosecution partner International Justice Mission provided input and technical support to Cambodian anti-trafficking police during the interview process.

CTIP staff, program partner The Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CCPCR), IJM and National Committee for Counter Trafficking representatives accompanied seven of the victims to their homes in Kampong Speu province and met with their families to assess their urgent needs. The Kampong Speu Deputy Govenor welcomed the men home, expressing their satisfaction with the good cooperation and coordination with government and NGO parties, and asked the relevant local authorities to support the victims and prevent others from migrating unsafely.

The CTIP program will be assisting the men and their families in the coming months to ensure they have support as they reintegrate into their communities and find safe jobs to prevent future vulnerability to exploitation.