Tempo English Weekly

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Human Bondage aboard Fishing Boats

Tempo and an independent publication from Taiwan, The Reporter, investigated cases of human trafficking and enslavement aboard fishing trawlers. There are tens of thousands of Indonesian crew members aboard Taiwanese fishing boats operating on international waters. Having no official documents, these seamen are not listed as migrant workers by both…

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Ruthless Recruiters and Regulatory Loopholes

Employment agencies hiring fishing boat crews in Indonesia are unlicensed and seamen fall prey to bureaucratic tussle between two ministries.

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Living by the Dock of the Bay

Indonesian crews live on board their ship at portside. They get their kicks visiting food stalls which remind them of home.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

A Storm of Debt Tweets

Government loans taken during President Joko Widodo’s term have reached Rp1,000 trillion in two and a half years. Two opposition parties have fanned the issue and created clamor via social media.

For nearly four months Rico Rustombi had not been active on Twitter.