Taiwanese faces ‘slavery’ charge

AFP-JIJI

A Taiwanese woman has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly sending hundreds of Cambodians to work in slavelike conditions on fishing boats off Africa, police said Wednesday.

Lin Yu Shin, owner of the now defunct Giant Ocean International Co., was arrested in the tourist hub of Siem Reap last Friday, according to Chiv Phally of the Interior Ministry’s department tackling human trafficking.

Chiv Phally said the 53-year-old had been charged by a Phnom Penh court, adding that she has been under investigation since late 2011 when allegations surfaced of Cambodian fishermen working at sea for up to 20 hours a day without pay. “This is a serious case of human trafficking,” he said.

Lin’s firm allegedly began sending Cambodian workers to man trawlers off the coasts of South Africa, Mauritius and Senegal in 2009, as well as Japan, Fiji, Qatar, Malaysia and Singapore, he said.