Slavery and Catfood
Slavery is real in today's world - and you will find the victims on Asian commercial fishing boats.
We have published a few stories about slavery and the fishing trade - specifically the Asian fishing trade. Recent agreements between major providers and Greenpeace (and other environmental groups) are addressing the facts behind the world's catfood.
This is an article that ran a year ago in the New York Times called "Sea Slaves". The article that made us think about the subject again - and talks about the supposed agreement to stop the use of captured workers was this week on The New Zealand Herald. Awareness on the part of New Zealanders may begin to bring an end to the horror of commercial fishing on one of these Asian boats.
"I interviewed one guy who worked on a tuna longliner where his captain would shoot his crew with a slug gun from the bridge to get their attention.
"They were working in the tropics but they took to wearing raincoats to protect themselves.
"I don't know how you would define that other than criminal violence but these guys would come into port and couldn't leave the boat because they were owed too much money."
The whole story is here.