|▲ "The Joint Action for the Abolition of Discrimination against Migrant Workers and Realization of Human and Labor Rights" formed by about 20 civic organizations including the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) holds a press briefing to call for the punishment of the perpetrators of assault incidents against Vietnamese migrant fishermen working in Jeju Island and the measures to prevent the assault incidents in front of the Blue House on the morning of May 29.(Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today)|
It was revealed that two Vietnamese migrant workers in fishing industry in Jeju Island who came to South Korea under the employment permit system(EPS) were constantly assaulted by the same fishing boat skipper. The victims reported the assault incidents to the police, but the perpetrator was not punished yet. Instead, they were thrown out of the living quarters, reprimanding for their reporting to the police. They also submitted the Ministry of Employment and Labor an application to change their workplace to another. But the Ministry dismissed their requests, as its approval needed a police confirmation that they were indeed assaulted by the skipper. The skipper reportedly denied all allegations against him. At the moment, two victims are staying in a shelter for migrants run by a migrant workers center in Jeju Island.
reported by Choi Na-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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