|Cambodia jails Taiwanese woman for human trafficking
A Taiwanese woman was on Tuesday jailed for 10 years by a Cambodian court for human trafficking.
Lin Yu-shin had been accused of sending hundreds of people to work in slave-like conditions on fishing boats off Africa.
The defendant who's the owner of the now-defunct Giant Ocean International Co. Ltd, was arrested in the Cambodian tourist hub of Siem Reap last year.
Five of her associates, who remain at large, were convicted in their absence and given 10-year sentences by the court.
Lin's firm was alleged to have started sending Cambodian workers to work on trawlers off the coasts of South Africa, Mauritius and Senegal in 2009 as well as Japan, Fiji, Qatar and Malaysia.
About one-third of the 700 Cambodians who were sent to work on the boats last year have filed complaints about unpaid wages.
The court ordered Lin and her associates to jointly pay more than 150 victims between US$1,750 and US$15,900 each in damages and compensation. --RTHK