Vietnamese sailors said being treated like slaves on Taiwanese vessel

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Four Vietnamese sailors who jumped off a Taiwanese fishing boat near French Polynesia's main island Tahiti last week said they had been treated like slaves on the boat for two years.

The four, who don't know how to swim, were rescued by a tug boat about 800 meters off the Papeete port entrance after jumping off the Taiwanese vessel, Hsieh Ta, as it was docking with another Taiwanese trawler on August 8.

Jean-Piere Lebrun, who served as a translator for the four sailors, told French Polynesia's radio station Radio 1 Sunday that the sailors had been treated as slaves by the boat's owner.

They claim to have worked 18 hours a day every day for two years, with all their pay being withheld for accommodation and transport costs.

Showing scars, they say they were often beaten.

On Sunday, arrangements were made to return the men to Vietnam, AFP reported.

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