Trafficking of Fishermen in Southeast Asia: Sovereignty Questions and Regional Challenges

ผู้เขียน: Surangrut Jumnianpol, Nithi Nuangjamnong and Sompong Srakaew


Thousands of fishermen have fallen prey to human traffickers and have been found on distant Indonesian islands. This humanitarian disaster not only uncovered the problem of modern-day slavery but also revealed practices once considered normal but now unsustainable, within the fishing industry. The authors distinguish between three categories of sovereignty and argue that the affected ASEAN countries should compromise some of the sovereignty principle in order to effectively address the international crime of human trafficking. Rehabilitation, justice and public awareness are greatly needed to tackle the issue, and all of these activities should be coordinated by ASEAN.

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