Posted by: BPSOS | July 23, 2009

Key Briefs & Reports: Trafficking of Sony Workers Entered Into Congressional Records

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Dr. Thang testifying before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

July 23 — Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Executive Director of BPSOS and co-founder of Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on labor trafficking in Vietnam. The case of 15 Vietnamese women recruited to work at Sony plants in Malaysia were brought up, along with pictures of the holding center where they were incarcerated. These workers have been forced to work on different jobs not included in the contract and have not been paid for six months.

“Some of them have to sell their bodies in exchange for food,” Dr. Thang explained to a panel of seven US members of Congress.

“This is not labor trafficking. It is slavery,” exclaimed Congressman Ed Royce (California). The Congressman then asked for copies of the pictures to bring the case to the attention of the entire House of Representatives. He also asked that all pictures be included in the Commission’s official records.

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