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Corporate responsibility needed to prevent trafficking of fishers

Corporate responsibility needed to prevent trafficking of fishers Show of solidarity: Activists from the Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (SBMI) and Greenpeace Indonesia stage a rally outside the State Palace in Jakarta on Aug. 17 to demand the enactment of a government regulation that will protect Indonesian fisherfolk. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Among Pundhi Resi and Felicia Clarissa
Jakarta   ●   Thu, September 3, 2020

The global community has been spotlighting the vulnerability of the capture fisheries industry to human trafficking and modern slavery. United Nations agencies have continuously reported this organized transnational crime occurring all over the world, including Indonesia.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has reported that, since 2018, the government has repatriated more than 1,000 Indonesian fishermen every year due to labor disputes. Some of them experienced serious human rights violations, such as human trafficking. Even murder has been reported.

From January through June 2020, the Social Affairs Ministry assisted 60 Indonesian fishermen who were trafficked on foreign fishing vessels, including those working on the Longxing 629, flying the People’s Republic of China flag.

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