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Thailand arrests 2 key suspects in widening crackdown on slavery in fishing industry

  • An investigator of Thailand's Department of Special Investigation interrogates a key suspect in a human trafficking ring Samruay Chatkrod, left, in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Thai officials said Wednesday they arrested two key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for the country's fishing boats, the latest move in a crackdown on widespread labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    An investigator of Thailand's Department of Special Investigation interrogates a key suspect in a human trafficking ring Samruay Chatkrod, left, in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Thai officials said Wednesday they arrested two key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for the country's fishing boats, the latest move in a crackdown on widespread labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • An official from Thailand's Department of Special Investigation points at a chart showing suspects in a human trafficking ring during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand,  Wednesday, July 1, 2015.  Thai officials said Wednesday they arrested two key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for the country's fishing boats, the latest move in a crackdown on widespread labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. Title of chart in Thai says, "Human Trafficking Network". (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    An official from Thailand's Department of Special Investigation points at a chart showing suspects in a human trafficking ring during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Thai officials said Wednesday they arrested two key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for the country's fishing boats, the latest move in a crackdown on widespread labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. Title of chart in Thai says, "Human Trafficking Network". (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Thailand have arrested two men they say are key figures in a human trafficking ring that lures people to work on fishing boats in Indonesia and sells them to boat owners.

Officials from Thailand's Department of Special Investigation told a news conference Wednesday the men were "big figures" in human trafficking syndicates in Samut Sakorn province, the country's biggest fishing hub.

The men allegedly got middlemen to find workers at train stations and other public places. The victims were duped and sold to boat owners for 30,000 baht ($900) per person and brought to work on fishing boats in Indonesia.

The pair face charges including human trafficking and arbitrary detention.

The arrests were the latest following an Associated Press investigation into slavery in Southeast Asia's fishing industry.