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Is the fishing industy tricking people into slave labor? | DW News

Is the fishing industy tricking people into slave labor? | DW News

a steady job with a good salary and a lucrative bonus that's the promise that tempts many Indonesian men to leave their homes and help to see but what they get is this footage released by the Indonesian seafarers movement shows crew members sleeping on the floor in the cargo hold looking malnourished and exhausted one of them is rahmatullah he says he was tricked by an Indonesian recruiting agency trafficked to Somalia and forced to spend nine brutal months aboard a Chinese fishing boat Manning nets and packing fish for 18 hours a day when we didn't catch enough fish or squid we were beaten by the captain we were beaten a lot I'm still traumatized by it on board the crew claimed they were given a choice between going hungry and eating spoiled fish and they didn't even have clean water on the vacation we were given fish we could tell by the smell that the fish was already bad after smelling it we couldn't eat it on a daily basis all we got was cabbage and rice with a little salt and we drank condensation water that we collected from the air conditioner rahmatullah and his crewmates are now back home and they've taken photos and videos to document their experience experts say the fishing industry is riddled with forced labor and it predominantly targets poor workers from Southeast Asian once on board there's no way out for the men and they often mercilessly exploited rahmatullah and his crewmates say they owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages fire I worked faraway for my family so they could be proud of me when I returned home but the reality was different when I asked the recruitment company for our rights they said you're a stupid idiot we just wanted to ask for our rights after working for seven months numerous NGOs both local and international have rung the alarm about the slave-like conditions that seem to be commonplace on fishing vessels across the globe but it hasn't stopped men like these from falling into the hands of traffickers in an Aegis Ministry of Manpower is among other things tasked with a protection of its workers abroad the department head acknowledges the problem but says it's difficult to monitor labor conditions at sea do we need to study first whether the information about the abused seafarers is true or not we must rely on data and facts so we can enforce actions lawfully corridor unda Munda but as rahmatullah and his former crewmates know data and facts are difficult to obtain when you're at sea with no one watching now the University of Western Australia and the sea around us research initiative have investigated forced labor on the high seas a little earlier I spoke to senior researcher David tickler about what they found we found a vicious cycle between overfishing and forced labour basically slave labour subsidizes uh no economic fishing activity and the resulting overfishing then destroys profitability and further incentivizes the use of forced labour boats have to fish harder to fill their nets and this is because the global catch has been declining steadily since the mid 90s the constants we squeeze on profitability means that seek more and more desperate measures to cut their costs cruel often the largest and easiest cost to cut to cut and so slave labor is the tactic of choice for unscrupulous operators we found almost 40 percent of the global catch came from fleets that were a high risk of modern slavery now it's not as if the media hasn't reported on this The Associated Press even want to Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on slavery in the seafood industry a few years ago and their investigation resulted in the release of a couple thousand workers from Myanmar yet it doesn't look like much has changed why because the Associated Press reporting this issue is now getting more attention than ever before and there has been changed on the ground in 2015 the EU issued a yellow card against Thailand basically notifying it that if it didn't do something about illegal fishing and Sabre in its fisheries the EU would cut off access to the European market for seafood Thailand's response was to completely redo its domestic fisheries legislation including putting in place sanctions for forced labor and at the end of last year they were formally recognizing undocumented workers from places like Myanmar and giving them full legal protections however it's still a major issue partly because enforcing these regulations is incredibly difficult especially when the offense is often taking place out at sea there's also ongoing demand for cheap seafood which we're all responsible for and of course this puts pressure on costs and there's evidence that there's complicity still between officials and the people trafficking people into forced labor and Fisheries which makes it very hard to undermine so which undermines rather the attempts to address this problem that was david tickler a senior researcher and lead author of a report on modern slavery at sea

Reader Comments

  1. "The Chinese along with destroying the oceans also trick people into slavery" there I fixed the title for you.

  2. There’s videos and hunderof witnesses, what more proof do you need ? There are authorities not wanting to intervene. Corruption.

  3. Sounds like every job in chinese labor industry, even if you dont leave mainland china,ask the 10 year olds making sneakers and goods in sweatshops. Good ole china, u work ,little money or we beat u ,kill your family. U make $300 American a month work 18 hr days 7 days a weeks sounds like a deal to me sign me up

  4. Keep in mind that Europeans has a 200 years of slavery and prefer these third world remain in poverty so that their labors can cheaply exploited.

  5. ocean-friendly seafood choices can be checked here: https://www.seafoodwatch.org/-/m/sfw/pdf/guides/mba-seafoodwatch-national-guide.pdf?la=en

  6. The very basis of "industry" is to exploit the labor of many for the benefit of few…..not limited to fishing industry only!

  7. Slave labor, debt as money, then sell the product at small profit or no profit to pay interest on the debt. Lol. Welcome to slaveonomics, folks.

    Sorry to say it, 2:22 but they are not wise for following such economy. They should make some assassin guild or templar round table group, haha or something and start plant food. Lol. City economics are moving from capitalism to capitalism with welfare to debt as money socialism (our current stage) and now slavelandia.

  8. This isn't new at all. They have always used slaves, and no one will ever stop it either….. Watch everybody just pretend they care for a minute then go away and then back to slavin em. Same story every year or so with these news brats. Nothing ever changes for em either

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