More than 200 Chinese garment workers are stranded in Palau after the sale of their factory yielded no cash for unpaid wages to pay fly them home.
They had lost their jobs in January when the factory was suddenly closed.
A judge in Koror had ordered the plant sale to raise money for the unpaid workers but at yesterday's auction no cash offer was made.
Instead, a Chinese liquidation committee trying to recover money for the parent company, Orientex Nanjing, used a portion of its claim to take over the Palau factory on credit.
This means no cash was raised.
The workers have been supported by their former manager who is also suing Orientex Palau for lost money.