I was only 16 years old when I was forced onto that fishing boat. I was told that the job was easy and that I’d be paid a good wage. But instead, I ended up working 18 hours a day, every day. For food, we ate nothing but fish and rice twice a day. If I got sick or injured, I worked. I had seen others who had fallen ill and the captain simply threw them over the side of the boat. To keep me working, they would force me to take powerful drugs that destroyed my body. When I finally returned to port after four years at sea, I was not given any pay. The captain told me that I was an illegal migrant so he didn’t have to give me anything. When I was on that boat why did no one help me? Where was everyone?
Vietnamese victim exploited in Thailand