Human Trafficking: 13 Lao Immigrants Caged and Treated Like “Slaves” in Thailand

by Admin on August 25, 2015

Police say it will take them two months to carry out investigations regarding the alleged human trafficking of 13 Lao immigrants who were apparently treated as slaves, reports Bangkok Post.

Image Credit: Dave Conner (Flickr)
A Royal Thai Police Badge. Image Credit: Dave Conner (Flickr)

On Saturday officers rescued the immigrants from what looked like “animal cages” at a pig and chicken farm in Nakhon Pathom, the province in central Thailand.

Police are currently conducting investigations and questioning the victims to gather evidence against the farm owner, who is also a Krung Thai bank manager Chaidet Sonut, 55, who allegedly agreed to pay the workers 7,000 baht per month.

Thai labor lawyers Chaninat and Leeds are experts in handling employment cases, both in Thailand and internationally.

Mr Chaidet allegedly hired the immigrants illegally to work on the farm, and made them work 18 hours without payment, disallowed toilet and shower use and not permitted to leave the farm.

The alarm was raised by a 25 year old man who managed to escape and alert authorities.

The 12 male immigrants are currently staying at the witness protection centre against human trafficking in Pathum Thani and the lone female victim is staying separately in Nonthaburi.

Mr Chaidet denies the allegations. He has been released on bail.

See the full story here and here.

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