“How many ships are you?” asked Boris Tampubolon.
“We have 1 ship,” replied one of the 14 Indonesian Nationals (ABK) fishing vessels from China.
The conversation took place between Boris and one of the ABK who was in the process of News Of Examination Event (BAP) at the Headquarters of the National Police of the Republic of Indonesia (Mabes Polri), on Saturday (05/09/2020) afternoon.
Boris’s interlocutor is 20 years old.
Boris Tampubolon is the legal representative of 14 ABK fish finders who arrived in Indonesia from Busan, South Korea, on Friday afternoon (5/8/2020).
Boris was asked by Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) South Korea to accompany the 14 ABK while in Indonesia.
BAP against 14 ABK starts at 14.00 WIB and until this news is made, BAP is still ongoing.
Boris said the condition of 14 ABK is now in good health after receiving treatment, decent food and assistance from the Indonesian government and institutions, one of which is the Institute for The Protection of Witnesses and Victims (LPSK).
Nevertheless, he said, they are still traumatized after witnessing firsthand 3 fellow ABK who were carried out to sea.
From the information of the ABK to Boris, they were in 1 fishing operational ship along with 3 ABK that were carried out to sea.
Their other trauma, continued Boris, ABK suffered bad treatment while on the ship. The meals are not worth it.
“Eat rotten food, bait for fish, drink and bathe in sea water. They are sick of being given drugs,” Boris told me by phone.
In addition, if someone is sick is not treated by the ship company, their right salary is not paid, the rest time is minimal, after work.
“There’s only 10 minutes of rest, more work,” Boris said.
As is known, 3 indonesian nationals who were carried out at sea became the attention of the People of Indonesia.
The conditions they experienced were allegedly victims of slavery sticking to the surface of the media after the ABK arrived in Busan, South Korea.
The mistreatment was experienced by the ABK kissed by a number of mass media in South Korea. The Government of Indonesia through the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) for South Korea following the meeting and accompanying the ABK while in South Korea until the repatriation process to Indonesia.
After being handled by the Indonesian government through the Indonesian Embassy, the ABK was then repatriated to Indonesia.
Boris said that upon arrival of the ABK at the port in South Korea, they then obtained assistance from the APIL law office.
He hopes that after in Indonesia they still get attention from the Indonesian government.
In fact, Boris said the government must be firm in its handling of the case against 14 ABK by demanding that companies carrying ABK be held accountable.