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April 1, 2019

Why migrant fisherman are paid so poorly

Often migrant workers report to us that they are receiving 250us dollars a month, which is usually around 40% percent less than what they are legally supposed to be getting. Taiwanese law, stipulates that the fisherman irrespecti...

October 23, 2018

Two Tanzanian  fisherman had reported, after biblia had done an inspection on the vessel that they had been beaten because the Chinese captain does not like African people. of the 20+ crew, these two men were the only two African men. 

The captain( although re...

October 2, 2018

 six  Chinese long liners docked in the port of Cape town  in the month of July. of the Six, two had serious case of abuse. Chris* 30 years, struggling yet failing to fight back the tears, describing the torture and abuse he and his colleagues endured( Filipino and Ind...

March 15, 2018

The MCS Sinfonia cruise vessel spans 275m long and boasts an impressive crew of 725. Since one of its regular destinations is Durban harbour, our enthusiastic and ever so friendly spiritual worker Ronnie Odendaal, wasted no time in taking the opportunity to do what we...

February 12, 2018

picture: ROTMAN_N13VZ 

One would have thought that with my time spent with fisherman these last few years, I would have known the underground of the fishing world. Being underfed, underpaid and  many times abused is only the prelude into the underworld of the illegal As...

November 9, 2017


Bulk carrier MV First1  has four days of supplies left

The crew on board the m.v First, supposedly on route to Richards bay from Port Elizabeth South Africa has not been paid their wages for the last six months.  Martin Britz, our chaplain from Port Elizabeth boar...

August 3, 2017


Threats or actual physical harm

Restriction of movement or confinement

Debt bondage i.e. working to pay off a debt or loan, often

the victim is paid very little or nothing at all for their services because of deductions

Withholding of wages or excessive wag...

July 19, 2017

 picture: Werner hills

Eight Eastern Cape fishermen are still missing after the vessel was found capsized on the early hours of Saturday morning along the coast of st francis bay. One of the fishermen aboard the chokka fishing vessel was confirmed dead.

Unfortunately an...

May 23, 2017

 source: ocean slave retrieved from:

Signs look out for:

Working conditions

While the majority (not all) of fishing vessels have poor working conditions, a vessel t...

May 17, 2017

It’s the 21st century, and still slave labour and human trafficking is rampant, in fact it shows no sign of decrease. Young children, young woman, young men, some old are enslaved in system which exploits them, sexually, emotionally and physically. In our case,  fisher...

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