Thai fishermen giving up fishing to participate in the lucrative human-smuggling trade

Thai fishermen convert boats to cash in on human-smuggling – Reuters, November 20, 2014
…”He is getting very rich,” said Hanif, as he sorted shimmering piles of ribbon fish and mackerel. “He wanted to make as much room as possible to carry more in one trip.”
Abdul Nazir, who earns about 6,000 baht a month repairing old fishing nets, added: “Fishermen around here are buying bigger boats. A few have been converted below deck to transport illegal migrants where fish and ice would normally be stored…”

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