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signs of a trafficked fishing vessel

May 23, 2017

 

 source: ocean slave retrieved from:https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/08/sea-slaves-the-human-misery-that-feeds-pets-and-livestock-part-3/

 

 

Signs look out for:

Working conditions

While the majority (not all) of fishing vessels have poor working conditions, a vessel that has a crew that has been trafficked, conditions will be far worse. They will in most cases:

  • Not have adequate safety equipment

  • Work excessively long hours

  • Lack of edible food

Emotional state of seafarers

  • Will be emotionally withdrawn

  • Will be afraid to communicate with outsiders

  • Displays fearful and anxious behaviour

Travel documents and contracts

  • Most of the crew will not have seen their contracts

  • Most will not be in possession of their passports

Ask:              

  • to see their contracts (see if contract matches ship name)

  • To see their passports (in most cases the owner will not let the have or see it)

  • If they understand their contract (in trafficked victims, contracts are sometimes written in a language they do not understand.

  • When last they have received a salary

When last and/or have they communicated with their families.

 

My usual routine

When a fishing vessel comes into port, I will usually wait a 24 hours to board the vessel. If the crew and captain welcome me on board with open arms, I will usually just do the one visit. However if the I am not welcomed and get the idea that the owners/and or agents have something to hide, I will invite in the crew to the seaman's club, where I will attempt to build a relationship with the crew, to either dismiss or confirm my suspicions. If my suspicions are confirmed, I will contact the relevant parties.

 

(While most of these signs are accurate for and in our port, they might not be for others)

Sources:

National human tracking hotline, n.d. retrieved from source: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/what-human-trafficking/recognizing-signs

 

 

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