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Thousands of Burmese 'enslaved' in Thai fishing industry

A BBC investigation has found that thousands of workers are illegally trafficked from Burma to work in Thailand's fishing industry - on Thai ships, or in factories.

Some are enslaved at sea for years without ever coming onshore, forced to work long hours for little or no pay, or are imprisoned on land between voyages.

Some of those who have escaped have described torture and killings by their Thai captains, as Alastair Leithead reports.

  • 25 Apr 2011