20 Sep '12, 4am

The slavery behind our seafood @the_ecologist

The slavery behind our seafood @the_ecologist

'In those years I got to sleep around 4 hours each day. The captain would carry a gun with him all the time so we didn't dare to say no to him. It was a very hard life, I got skinny and weak from malnutrition. I got seasick all the time, I had to work as much as they wanted me too. I often had a suicidal though during those time. The only reason that I was be able to come back is because the boat start to leak. I didn’t have any mobile phone, no way of communication. All I knew and saw was the sea itself.' 'But we didn’t dare to claim our salary,' he says. 'One of my friend said have you seen all of these anonymous dead body floating around near by the port? Those are the people that complain.' Wai Yan is not alone. Fellow Burmese migrant Nyan described typical working conditions: 'When working, we invest our whole life, we are in their hands and there is nothing we can do...

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