The Phuket Gazette has reported that four Thai nationals have been jailed for gross negligence resulting in death and breaking immigration laws in 2008 when 54 Myanmar nationals died from suffocation as they were being transported into Phuket.
Although the article states in the title and first paragraph that this was a human trafficking incident, it didn’t present any evidence nor cite any claims that this was actually the case.
Those who survived being crammed into the six meter by 2.2 meter box were immediately detained by police as illegal immigrants to be presented to court the next day.
All survivors were repatriated to Myanmar.
From what was said in the article, this looks more like a case of smuggling than human trafficking. The 121 people who’d been sealed inside the seafood container may have been complicit in the illegal activity, or they may not have been.