Cambodia Working with Thai Counterpart to Free 18 Cambodian on Two Fishing Boats Near Somalia

Cambodia is working with Thai counterpart to free 18 Cambodian workers kept in two fishing boats flying Djibouti flag, but alleged to belong to Thai owners.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Chum Sounry shared the information during a recent press interview here in Phnom Penh.

Thai authority, he said, has saved one Cambodian worker who reported that there are 18 other Cambodians in two boats owned by Thai fishing in the sea near Somalia.

According to the spokesperson, Thai authority considered it as a human trafficking case and has ordered the boat to anchor at Bosaso port of Somalia.

Cambodia has instructed the country's Embassy in Thailand to lobby with the Thai counterpart and authority as well as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to free the Cambodian workers back home.

The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Thailand, added H.E. Chum Sounry, has issued support documents and readied officials to work with the Thai side and concerned agencies to intervene the case.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press