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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns - the Guardian

Here is just a short excerpt from a story in the Guardian about slavery on Taiwanese fishing boats. The article is about how men are smuggled into Thailand and sold as slaves with the promise of factory work but they actually end up on a 15m trawler fishing for squid, tuna or trash fish used to feed the country's billion dollar fish-farmed prawn industry:
Many of these slave ships stay out at sea for years at a time, trading slaves from one boat to another and being serviced by cargo boats, which travel out from Thai ports towards international borders to pick up the slave boats’ catch and drop off supplies.

I'm sure many skippers and boat owners in the UK would love for their boats to be at sea for years - if only they were they that reliable!