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Trinidad and Tobago case, Indonesia protection and justice in human trafficking of migrant fishers

ASEAN-ACT partnered with La Trobe University to 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 2012, Indonesian fishers working on Taiwanese fishing vessels were left stranded off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago following the bankruptcy of the Taiwanese company. After their repatriation, the recruitment agent was found guilty of document forgery to facilitate trafficking in persons.  The case was brought before the West Jakarta District Court on March 2014.

The victims received assistance from multiple actors in Indonesia that focus their work on protection of migrant worker.

Read the full factsheet here.