Akyab, March 4
Labor camp prisoners used on shrimp farms
The labor camp in question is situated in a remote area near
Sabyin Village of MyeBon
Township, under Kyauk Pru
District in the
The authorities of the Akyab jail often send their prisoners to the labor camp near the end of their jail term.
"My son was sent to the labor camp last December, two months before he was to be released, but he is still in the prisoner labor camp", the father said.
He said that his son, along with another 9 prisoners, were removed from the Akyab Jail compound by the jail authorities in the middle of the night and taken to a small jetty in Akyab. The prisoners were then reported to be sent to the labor camp by motor boat before the town’s people awoke.
According local sources, there are a number of large shrimp farms that belong to local businessmen, however a local army battalion owns two or three of the farms.
The prisoners are forced to work at the site, mostly on the construction of farm embankments, from to each day.
It is good business for the jail authority because they make
a lot of money from the owners of shrimp farms that pay the prisoners’ wages.
It was learned that there are about 40 prisoners in the camp and that they are currently still working at the shrimp farms as day laborers.#
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