BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested two men they say are key figures in a human trafficking ring that lures people to work on fishing boats in Indonesia and sells them to boat owners.
Officials from Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation told a news conference Wednesday the men were “big figures” in human trafficking syndicates in Samut Sakorn province, the country’s biggest fishing hub.
The men allegedly got middlemen to find workers at train stations and other public places. The victims were duped and sold to boat owners for 30,000 baht ($900) per person and brought to work on fishing boats in Indonesia.
The pair face charges including human trafficking and arbitrary detention.
The arrests were the latest following an Associated Press investigation into slavery in Southeast Asia’s fishing industry.