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Cambodia ‘Giant Ocean’ case, protection and justice in human trafficking of migrant fishers

As part of ASEAN-ACT collaboration with La Trobe University, we document experiences of trafficked fishers in the offshore fishing sector in accessing justice. The research aimed to enhance the protection of trafficked fishers by enabling anti-trafficking stakeholders to develop more effective responses based on evidence.

In Cambodia, between 2010-2011, 80 Cambodian men were trafficked onto foreign-flagged, Taiwanese-owned fishing vessels, against the recruitment agency ‘Giant Ocean International Fishery CO LTD’ (hereafter, Giant Ocean). The case is notable because it was the first criminal case in Cambodia in which a legally registered recruitment agency was charged with offences under Cambodia’s Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (2008).

Read the complete analysis on this case here.