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Workers Rescued from Slavery at Sea

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Fifty-four illegal migrant workers who were kept in Pontianak in Indonesia after being rescued from three Thai fishing boats in mid-April will return home soon, officials said.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said that on Friday last week, the Cambodia Embassy in Indonesia sent officials to visit the workers, adding that all 54 had be promised high salaries before being shuttled onto three Thai boats where they toiled in slave-like working conditions.
“Those 54 migrant workers were rescued by Indonesia from three fishing boats when they crossed into the maritime territory of Indonesia,” Mr. Sounry said, adding that Indonesian authorities considered the workers victims of human trafficking, not criminals.
All the men are reportedly in good health and will be returned to the Kingdom by Indonesian authorities working in conjunction with the International Organization for Migration.

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