Fishermen return from sea as they end their day during sunset in Jimbaran, on the resort island of Bali on June 4, 2011. AFP PHOTO/SONNY TUMBELAKA
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An Indonesian court opened the trials Monday of five Thais and an Indonesian charged with human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry.The six whose trials began Monday are Indonesian Muklis Ohoitenan, Thai captain Youngyut Nitiwongchaeron, 53, and four countrymen – Boonsom Jaika, Surachai Maneephong, Hatsaphon Phaetjakreng and Somchit Korraneesuk.The trials of two other Indonesians, Hermanwir Martino and Yopi Hanorsian, are scheduled to start on Tuesday.An investigation by Indonesian police found that hundreds of foreign fishermen were recruited in Thailand and brought to Indonesia using fake immigration papers and seamen books and were subjected to brutal labor abuses.
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