A fisherman cleans his net near Padang, West Sumatra province, Indonesia March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
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Five Thai fishing boat captains and three Indonesians were sentenced Thursday to three years in jail for human trafficking in connection with slavery in the seafood industry.The suspects were arrested in the remote island village of Benjina last May after the abuse was revealed by The Associated Press in a report two months earlier. The three-judge panel also ordered the defendants to pay fines of about $12,250 each or serve two more months in jail. Indonesian prosecutors had demanded prison sentences of up to 4 1/2 years for the five Thais and Indonesian Hermanwir Martino, and 3 1/2-year sentences for two other Indonesians, Yopi Hanorsian and Muklis Ohoitenan. They also demanded compensation ranging from $3,750 to $26,000 for the crew members.Thirteen fishermen from Myanmar testified under protection of Indonesia's Witness and Victim Protection Agency.
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