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, fisherman from all over the world, get trampled on and abused, working 2 day shifts for nothing, eating expired food, drinking dirty water, afraid and having no contact with their families for up to 10 months at a time. They get sold a hope, a beautiful hope, a hope that they can travel the world, earn in us dollars, (they only get 150 if they lucky), if they sign a two year contract (will eventually turn into 5) a sacrifice which they willing to make, to make their families feel proud, not only to make them proud, but give themselves a sense of pride.
The problem we face with slave labour at sea is; traffickers often get away with it. They are almost untraceable, always have a good excuse and are always playing the blame game. They evoke so much fear into the crew that they are afraid to speak. Crew often assure me that all is well and fine, yet their eyes tell a different story. These fishermen are made to feel worthless, young lives reduced to nullity.
Then I think of myself, an activist (at best) and compulsive moaner, trying to speak on behalf of people whose life and struggles I know very little about. Yet I must; because there are too few people speaking on behalf of these people, beautiful people whose lives are just as worthy and precious as your own.
You see we cannot celebrate freedom and the abolishment of slavery when it has not come to end, legally yes, but under the radar, it’s prevalent .