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Issue No:79
  • :0973–1121
  • :August
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.79, August 2018

Human Rights / Slavery

Don't Jump Ship

The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool helps inform businesses about abuses of labour and human rights in their seafood supply chains


This article is by the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool Analyst Team (http://www.seafoodslaveryrisk.org)


Myint Naing, held captive for 22 years after being trafficked onto Thai fishing boats, never thought he would see his family in Myanmar again. Joshua, and three other Filipinos, escaped from a United Kingdom scallop dredger after enduring violence and death threats to keep them working up to 22 hours a day. But another Filipino, Eril Andrade, did not survive his enslavement on a Taiwanese tuna longliner. Neither did Supriyanto, an Indonesian trafficking and forced-labour victim, who also died on a Taiwanese longline vessel. These men’s stories, and those of others, including the thousands we will never hear, are why the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool exists.

Until a few years ago, the labour- and human-rights abuses in the notoriously opaque global fishing industry had remained largely invisible to the outside world. But a series of high-profile investigations reported by the Associated Press (AP), The Guardian and The New York Times in 2015 and 2016 created a heightened awareness, leading the business partners...

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