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Taiwanese woman charged with trafficking Cambodian fishermen

Published on May 15, 2013 2:18 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A Taiwanese woman has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly sending hundreds of Cambodians to work in slave-like conditions on fishing boats off Africa, police said Wednesday.

Lin Yu Shin, owner of the now defunct Giant Ocean International Co. Ltd, was arrested in the tourist hub of Siem Reap last Friday, according to Chiv Phally of the interior ministry's department tackling human trafficking.

The 53-year-old has been charged by a Phnom Penh court, he said, adding she has been under investigation since late 2011 when allegations surfaced of Cambodian fishermen working at sea for up to 20 hours a day without pay.

"This is a serious case of human trafficking," he added.

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