Thousands of men and boys are sold into slavery at sea by traffickers to those operating Thai fishing fleets. They are forced to work, for little or no pay, on boats that can remain at sea for up to two years at a time.
It can be easy to fool ourselves into believing that slavery, while repugnant, has nothing to do with our own lives, that it has been either eradicated from all but the most remote places on Earth or limited to criminal activities like sex trafficking.
But the reality, as recent shocking reports have again highlighted, is that slavery touches us all, no matter where we live or how law-abiding we are. It is found in the clothes we wear, the products we buy and the food we eat.
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Photo: Thai fishing boat
Credit: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit