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Much of the seafood in our daily lives -- sushi, frozen fish, shrimp cocktails, and the vast amount that goes into pet food -- is caught by slaves. Thailand is one of the world’s largest seafood exporters with a huge fishing fleet that needs thousands of fishermen. Decades of overfishing have decimated fish stocks in the region and today the Gulf of Thailand is one of the most barren parts of the ocean.
Thai captains now scramble to find crew willing to travel thousands of miles to find fish. Human traffickers have started to fill the labor shortage by selling men from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and other impoverished nations to fishing companies for as little as a few hundred dollars each. Once at sea, these captive men go months, even years, without setting foot on land, earning little to no pay -- becoming slaves at sea.
Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.
It's like something out of a Joseph Conrad novel: A young man goes out for a night on the town, hoping to meet a girl — perhaps a prostitute. He finds one, follows her into a room somewhere, and, without warning, is jumped by several men and knocked out cold. He awakes the next day on a bed that is ...