Fishermen Rush to Be Rescued Amid Indonesian Slavery Probe

April 3, 2015 7:01 AM

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Fishermen Rush to Be Rescued Amid Indonesian Slavery Probe

(BENJINA, Indonesia) — Hundreds of foreign fishermen on Friday rushed at the chance to be rescued from an isolated island where an Associated Press report revealed slavery runs rampant in the industry. Indonesian officials investigating abuses offered to take them out of concern for the men’s safety.

The men, from countries including Burma and Cambodia, began getting the news as a downpour started, and some ran through the rain. They sprinted back to their boats, jumping over the rails and throwing themselves through windows. They stuffed their meager belongings into plastic bags and rushed back...

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