Number of Slaves Found on Indonesian Island at Almost 550

April 9, 2015 5:28 PM

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The number of enslaved fisherman found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind in a dramatic rescue nearly a week ago.

Many of the 210 found Thursday were Burmese and wanted to leave, but there were a few holdouts, men who claimed they were owed years of back pay from their bosses, said Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration in Jakarta.

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