Slavery in fisheries: No longer ignored
Menakhem Ben-Yami looks at the latest report into slavery in the Thai fishing industry and what is being done to bring an end to it.
Initially came the denials:
Skippers abandoned enslaved fishermen there after the Indonesian
Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Ms Susi Pudjiastuti declared a moratorium
on foreign fishing in an effort to identify unlicensed ships and prosecute
poachers. As soon as the Indonesian authorities announced that they were
undertaking release of all slaves, the men started pouring in from Thai-owned
trawlers and from wherever they were kept on Indonesian territory to board a
boat sent out to pick them up. Asep Burhanuddin, director general of
Indonesia's Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillancedeclared:
"We don't want to leave a
single person behind."