Seafood Slaves - The Hidden Cost of Cheap Seafood

In 2015, evidence of slavery on a massive scale surfaced in the remote islands of eastern Indonesia.  Illegal fishing in Indonesian territorial waters had risen to an extreme level, but many of the Thai fishing boats responsible harboured a much worse secret aboard. In the last year, over 2,000 men have come forward who were enslaved on Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters, working for as long as a decade without pay. Thousands of migrants from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos in search of higher-paying jobs were lured onto Thai fishing boats with empty promises about jobs "on the other side" and into, in some cases, years of ongoing seaborne labour. Many of the enslaved fishermen were facing abuse, ranging from physical assault to lack of food and sleep.  "The way they forced us to... read more
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Seafood Slaves - The Hidden Cost of Cheap Seafood