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Taiwanese woman jailed for illegal trafficking of Cambodian fishermen

Published on Apr 29, 2014 2:43 PM
 
Taiwanese woman Lin Yu Shin (left) covers her face as she is escorted by a Cambodian prison guard (right) at the Phnom Penh Municipal court, on April 29, 2014. A Taiwanese woman was on Tuesday jailed for 10 years by a Cambodian court for trafficking hundreds of people to work in slave-like conditions on fishing boats off Africa. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A Taiwanese woman was on Tuesday jailed for 10 years by a Cambodian court for trafficking hundreds of people to work in slave-like conditions on fishing boats off Africa.

Lin Yu Shin, owner of the now-defunct Giant Ocean International, was arrested in the Cambodian tourist hub of Siem Reap last year.

Five of her associates, who remain at large, were convicted in their absence and also handed 10-year sentences by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Lin's company allegedly began sending Cambodian workers to work on trawlers off the coasts of South Africa, Mauritius and Senegal in 2009 as well as Japan, Fiji, Qatar and Malaysia.

 
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