Survivors recounted their traumatic experience after a vessel carrying 41 Chinese nationals and two Cambodian crew members capsized near the coastal city of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on September 22, 2022.
The death toll rose to three on September 24, 2022, with eight more missing, according to Cambodian authorities. The passengers left the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on September 10, but survivors recounted that they quickly ran out of food and water.
The victims were promised a short-term, high-paying “fishing job”, but said they had no idea where the boat was headed. The region has recently become notorious for human trafficking scams with reports of forced labour, confinement and torture.