Hell on High Waters
Tens of thousands of Indonesian shipping crews are believed to be victims of human trafficking and enslavement on Taiwanese ships. They generally work on vessels sailing on international waters. They have no legal documents and their recruiting agents in Indonesia are not registered with the Transportation Ministry. As a result, they are not officially listed as migrant workers in Indonesia nor in Taiwan, where their ships originate from.
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.