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Real-life tragedies of modern slavery at sea

  • Arifsyah Nasution

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 11, 2019   /  04:24 pm
Real-life tragedies of modern slavery at sea Illustration of fishing boat (Shutterstock/Stephen B. Goodwin)

“Without labor, nothing prospers.” — Sophocles This quote was penned by one of the ancient world’s most prolific writers, celebrated for his great tragedies that provided invaluable insight into the political and social climate of that time. Centuries later, this particular quote by Sophocles continues to evoke wisdom, inspiring many to value hard work and perseverance in order to achieve success in life. But sometimes, no matter how much one labors, it ends up in vain. I speak for those who work in certain industries where human rights and labor abuses persist even in today’s digital age. To celebrate International Human Rights Day, Greenpeace Southeast Asia is releasing a new report that sheds light on the different facets of deception and exploitation as told by migrant fishers from Indonesia and the Philippines — stories of backbreaking...

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