Prison labour in
Our correspondent quoting a source in the island said that the salt works is owned by Maung Tun Mya from Pauktaw Town who in collusion with the prison officers of the prison camp have been conducting the business for a couple of years. The owner of the business is alleged to bribe the prison officers regularly for utilising prisoners’ labour. Besides the prison officials and guards also confiscate the wages Tun Mya gives to the prisoners who work at his salt field. There are approximately eighty prisoners in the camp and they are also engaged in the nearby state shrimp ponds and hatcheries as labour force.
At present there are five prison camps in
In another prison camp at Kyi-gan-braung (Kyi-gan byin) under
There is yet another camp at Kyaw-zan-rwa Village under Ponnagyun Township, the inmates of which are engaged in construction works and pisciculture including shrimp cultivation, earnings from which would go to the ‘welfare fund’ of the Burmese Army and other law enforcement agencies.
The prison guards confiscate the wages given to the prisoners by the private businessmen and owners of the fish farms, and the food given to the inmates is also of poor quality and inadequate in amount, it was learnt. #