Dr. Thang presenting at BBQ Social Fundraiser event on August 2nd.
More than 40 brave souls came out to support a fundraising effort on Sunday August 2, 2009, at Cherry Hill Park in Falls Church, Virginia to benefit the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), a coalition that helps victims of human trafficking in Malaysia. Despite the rain, people came to see Dr. Thang Dinh Nguyen, Executive Director of BPSOS, present facts of a labor trafficking case involving Sony, the Japanese electronics giant. Sony hired 15 Vietnamese workers through a labor supply company and subsequently breached its contract with these workers by releasing them from work—long before the end of their contracts.
The Vietnamese workers, all women, had signed a contract guaranteeing them 27 months of work at Sony in Malaysia. After being released by Sony, these women have been sent to different employers bythe labor supply company to work long hours without pay. Instead of resolving the situation, Sony tried to wash their hands of it and have not claimed responsibility for their own actions.
The workers are caught in a dilemma: they must pay a ransom to the labor supply company for their passport, which is kept by the company, but they don’t have the money because they have not been paid for their work. The fundraiser was set up to raise money so that CAMSA can help these Vietnamese women regain their freedom and get restitution for the breach of contract from Sony. The BBQ event raised $2,000 to directly help the victims pursue their case against Sony.