Slavery and Asian Commercial Fishing
Commercial fishing here is tough, but it ain't slavery. Not so around the world, where men are sold to fish brokers.
"Enslaved, beaten, malnourished, and so desperate for water he had to collect condensation to drink: Rahmatullah left Indonesia seeking better prospects at sea -- instead he endured a living hell."
Angling in western countries doesn't include outright slavery. Not so in the global commercial fishing world. Not even close.
We thought any commercial fishing was bad. In the case of the guys talked about in this story from Yahoo News, men are first invited to go commercial fishing for what is - in their native Indonesia and Southeast Asia - good pay for hard work. Rather than end up where they thought, however, they were essentially sold to commercial fishing brokers and sent wherever in the world they needed them to work. This included China and Somalia, as well as throughout Asian waters. While the boat owners drank clean water, anglers slept of floors and used condensation to keep them alive. Not all of them stayed that way.
The whole story is here.