On the ships, Ly’s employer had promised his wage was being sent back home: $240 every month, a small fortune in a village like this. When he returned, he found not a single cent had ever arrived. After six years of labour, his family’s situation was the same. And the old debts were waiting.
“I have never received my pay since I went to work on the boat. I have never received the 6000 baht [NZ$240 he was promised] for my work and they never sent any money to my family.”
He shakes his head.
“We never received any at all.”