dooceYesterday we listened to three separate men talk at length about the years they spent enslaved on fishing boats, one who was drugged and kidnapped, waking in Indonesian waters thousands of miles from home. After four years of enduring conditions that he described as "hell on earth," including witnessing his bunk mate being beaten to death, he finally escaped with the help of a Thai organization called LPR (Labor Promotion Rights Network) only to return home to find that both of his parents had died in his absence.
If you consume seafood in the US you most likely have and will continue to eat seafood that has been caught by slaves. It is so damn important to know where our food comes from. #TERstorytellers
- flybigd68I always look for the "wild caught" label on seafood, or local stuff when I am near the coast. Farmed seafood is almost always slave labor.
- bluefirekin_aka_mariaOMG I feel so shamed that I didn't even know this happened regarding fishermen
- dooce@bluefirekin_aka_maria @slkole @ashbyandabram I'll have some resources to share once I'm home and have more time to gather everything together. If you google "percentage of fish coming from slave labor" you can find some introductory journalism into this issue.
- amandvThanks for shining a light on this! Plant based is really the only way to go unless you catch your own fish with a hook and line! Our oceans cannot keep up with our current "fishing" methods (which is really just scooping everything out with giant nets).
- bigpinkrobeUnless you grow your own food or personally know your food sources, it's hard to avoid exploitation. Remember agriculture exploits migrant workers right here in the US.
- anitablanchardGreat work on this, Heather. I'd like to repost/regram this.
- suebobdavisKeep storytelling! And no, I don't eat seafood.
- betinaannliv@dooce I've learned a lot about girls and women enslaved, but I'm ignorant about men in captivity. Thank you for sharing.
- stephdsgWow! I didn't realize this happened to men. Thank you for bringing this to our attention @dooce
- cmamaloveThat's awful!!
- hbuzbyThank you for sharing. I only just recently learned about this issue. ("Liked" post because your sharing something important)
- vsbiddleAmazing story. I am learning a lot through my 5th grade daughter @odesssamay who is studying modern-day slavery at school and working to bring awareness to issues of human trafficking with her class. So important to know where your food (and clothes and every product you buy or consume) comes from!
- teenbugHeartbreaking. So grateful that you're learning about labour trafficking. Wish we had a chance to learn more about this on the April storytelling trip. 💔
- shahnonleesmithThank you for sharing!
- thelosthousewifeThat's a very broad statement. I live on the gulf and trust me, I know the fisherman and they are not slaves. By making a statement like this, grouping everyone in the US who eats seafood, you can hurt their business.
- mely1015That's so sad!
- playsinrain@losthousewife not trying to negate your point, Bc I agree with you 100%. But she stated that this is why it is so important to know where your food comes from, buying locally or fish that is sourced from the US not overseas. If more people did that, it would actual HELP their business. I don't think she's telling people not to eat fish, but rather make sure your fish is not imported from places like this.
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