Thailand: 5 fishing boat captains, 3 Indonesians sentenced for enslavement in seafood industry

Author: Daniel Leonard, Associated Press, Published on: 11 March 2016

The Associated PressFive Thai fishing boat captains and three Indonesians were sentenced... to three years in jail for human trafficking in connection with slavery in the seafood industry. The suspects were arrested in the remote island village of Benjina last May after the abuse was revealed by The Associated Press in a report two months earlier....The three-judge panel also ordered the defendants to pay fines of about $12,250 each or serve two more months in jail. In addition, the Thai captains — Youngyut Nitiwongchaeron, Boonsom Jaika, Surachai Maneephong, Hatsaphon Phaetjakreng and Somchit Korraneesuk — have to pay a total of $67,800 in compensation to their crew members. "They all have been proven guilty of violating the anti-human trafficking law," said Edi Toto Purba, who led the panel. "They deserve the jail sentences as well as the fine."He gave one week for the prosecutors, who had sought heavier sentences, as well as the defendants to appeal the verdict.

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