Migration agency: 4,000 fishermen, many slaves, stranded on Indonesia islands AP investigated

March 27, 2015 6:16 AM

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The International Organization for Migration says an estimated 4,000 fishermen are stranded on a handful of islands in Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

Steve Hamilton, the group's deputy chief of mission in Indonesia, says many of the men were abandoned by boat captains in Benjina village and surrounding islands following a government moratorium on foreign fishing that has docked vessels to crack down on illegal operators.

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