New Zealand: Court rules that slavery claimants may seek compensation from proceeds of sale of forfeited fishing vessels

Author: Radio New Zealand, Published on: 5 March 2018

"Court clears way for fishermen to claim against forfeited vessels", 2 March 2018

The lawyer for a group of Indonesian fishermen seeking [NZ]$6 million from their former employer says a Supreme Court decision in their favour is...step on their path to justice...court has ruled that the fishermen can claim proceeds from the sale of vessels forfeited to the Crown by their former employer...The fishermen worked for the South Korean company Sajo Oyang, in New Zealand waters from 2008 to 2011. As well as not being paid, the fishermen claimed they were treated like slaves and forced to live in cockroach-riddled spaces, sleep in wet bedding and eat flea-ridden food. In 2012 and 2014 the New Zealand government seized two of the company's boats after an investigation into fisheries crime.The men have since sought the right to claim proceeds from the sale of those vessels to offset what they're owed in unpaid wages...

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