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Construction workers take a break in Singapore, where migrants make up about a third of the workforce.   © Reuters
Asia Insight

Southeast Asia's vulnerable migrants pose an economic dilemma

Countries struggle to prevent abuse without hindering business

SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent, and YUKAKO ONO, Nikkei staff writer | Vietnam

JAKARTA/BANGKOK -- A court case unfolding in Bangkok has focused attention on the lives of migrant workers in Southeast Asia, albeit with an unexpected twist. This time, an employer accused of abuse is suing its former employees.

Fourteen migrants from Myanmar are on trial for making false human rights claims against Thammasaket, a chicken farm operator. They are also accused of providing false information to public officials.

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