IOM warns of rise in trafficking of Cambodian men into ThailandListen /
There has been a rise in the trafficking of Cambodian men to work in the fishing industry in Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The agency's office in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, says it has already helped as many male trafficking victims in the first two months of this year as in the whole of last year.
Jumbe Omari Jumbe is IOM spokesperson in Geneva.
"We have assisted 26 men since the beginning of this year. So, of course, when you look at the trends you will see that the trafficking is on the rise in this Thailand fish industry. We have issued a very long report on the trends of trafficking. People are being caught either by force or by deceit means to work on the Thai fishing industry. So it seems that the trends show that there is a huge rise in the trafficking of humans in this industry." (29")
IOM says most of the trafficked men, whose average age is 31, reported that they originally travelled to Thailand through local brokers without legal documentation to find work.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.