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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ruthless Recruiters and Regulatory Loopholes

Despite never having stepped foot on a boat, Arofiqun was determined to become a seaman aboard a foreign fishing boat. In his Central Java hometown of Magelang, the 30-year-old man had been working in a garment factory. I wanted to try new work. Who knows, maybe I could succeed at it," he said, last December.

He went to the office of Jangkar Jaya Samudera in Pemalang, not from Magelang,…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Human Bondage aboard Fishing Boats

Mualip showed Setiawan three video clips of his dead cousin Supriyanto, a few days before his family received his body on September 27, 2015. As if hypnotized by the visuals on his cellular phone, Setiawan asked Mualip not to show them to anyone. "I was worried that those pictures would upset my relatives, as Supriyanto"s body still had not arrived," Setiawan told Tempo, in early December a year later.