A Thai woman who was kept as a slave has told a Sydney court her 'heart is broken' and she 'will live with the scars' for the rest of her life. The woman, who can't be named for legal reasons, wept quietly as an interpreter read out her victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing for Rungnapha 'Lisa' Kanbut, who kept her and another Thai woman as slaves. Kanbut, 57, was found guilty by a NSW District Court jury in May of two counts each of intentionally possessing a slave, exercising powers of ownership over a slave and dealing with the proceeds of crime. The two Thai women, who voluntarily came to Australia to do sex work, lived with Kanbut and her husband in and , respectively. As Kanbut was brought into the dock on Friday, she turned to glare at her victim, who was in court to share the impact the crimes had had on her life. Through her interpreter, the victim told the court she was made to service up to 10 clients a day and to work while she had her period. I feel my heart is broken. The woman told the court she believed the forced use of the sponge was behind the 'extreme debilitating pain' she now suffered during her period and said doctors had told her she needed surgery to remove 'membrane' inside of her. The woman said the pain left her unable to work for at least a week each month. She said she didn't have the money for the surgery and couldn't afford the time off work.
A fishing boat worker rests while his boat is in port in Thailand. While forced labour exists throughout the world, nowhere is the problem more rampant than in the South China Sea, and especially in the Thai fishing fleet. Tens of thousands of migrants from Cambodia and Myanmar are whispered into Thailand each year to make up a chronic shortfall of mariners.
Every year, tens of thousands of migrants to Thailand are sent to brutal lives at sea
Aged only 19, Sarah Forsyth travelled to Amsterdam on the promise of a job as a nursery nurse — and instead was abducted at gunpoint and sold as a sex slave. Every night when Sarah closes her eyes the memories of those days in the notorious red light district play out like scenes in a horror film. And she always sees the same face first — that of a trembling young girl from Thailand. I wanted to scream but although my mouth opened my throat was constricted with terror. I see again the look of uncomprehending panic in her eyes as the man raises the gun and the sticky, warm bit of flesh and bone explode from her shoulders as the bullet tears into her head. Sarah would later give evidence against her captors. Within weeks he had forced her to work in a brothel.
Modern-day slavery in focus is supported by. Thai seafood: are the prawns on your plate still fished by slaves? Report finds trafficking persists on Thai fishing boats, as campaigners challenge supermarkets to guarantee products are free of rights abuses. Published: 23 Jan Thailand accused of failing to stamp out murder and slavery in fishing industry. UN labour agency claims migrants employed on fishing vessels in Thai waters remain vulnerable to trafficking and forced labour despite previous warnings. Published: 30 Mar Cambodians sue US and Thai firms over trafficking and forced labour claims. Published: 18 Aug