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Seven arrested in Benjina case

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 12, 2015   /  11:38 am

The police have arrested seven suspects who were allegedly involved in human trafficking and slavery in Benjina, Maluku.

Tribunnews.com'€™s sources at the police'€™s Detective Corps in Jakarta, said four of the seven were arrested at fishery company PT PBR in Benjina on Friday.

The four were identified as Hatsaphon Phaet Jakreng, captain of the Antasena 141 vessel, Boonsom Jaika of the Antasena 311, acting CEO of PT PBR Hermanwir Martino and Mukhlis Ohoitenan.

Following further investigation into the case, the police then arrested three more suspects involved in the case. The three were identified as Surachai Maneephong, captain of the Antasena 142 vessel, Somchit Korraneesuk of the Antasena 309 and Yongyut N of the Antasena 838.

The human trafficking and slavery allegedly began when a number of Myanmarese workers were recruited in Thailand and were equipped with falsified seamen'€™s book to enter Indonesia.

They were employed in the fishery project in Benjina without any labor contract, including working hours or monthly salaries.

The police have also questioned 50 Myanmarese workers employed by PT PBR without labor contracts. They testified that they were employed without working hours and monthly salaries while underperforming workers were put in a detention center at the fishery company. (rms)(++++)

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