Workers trying to leave Phatthana Seafood
Cambodia migrant workers seeking to leave allegedly exploitative conditions at the Phatthana Seafood factory in southern Thailand said yesterday that they were still being forced to pay to get their passports back. ??
The factory, which exports fish to buyers across the world, including Walmart, has come under fire from its migrant employees, who have said they were tricked on pay conditions, while rights groups allege the workers are victims of human trafficking.
??Since Cambodian workers at the factory, which also sources labour from Myanmar and Thailand, began a strike of about 800 people on Sunday, the workers had been allowed to leave but only if they paid to do so, protest leader Sok Sorng said yesterday.