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"'Slavery' uncovered on trawlers fishing for Europe

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" 'Slavery' uncovered on trawlers fishing for Europe

"Exclusive: Violence and incarceration for months or even years found on ships off coast of west Africa

Source Gurardian.co.uk

"......Forced labour and human rights abuses involving African crews have been uncovered on trawlers fishing illegally for the European market by investigators for an environmental campaign group.

The Environmental Justice Foundation found conditions on board including incarceration, violence, withholding of pay, confiscation of documents, confinement on board for months or even years, and lack of clean water.

The EJF found hi-tech vessels operating without appropriate licences in fishing exclusion zones off the coast of Sierra Leone and Guinea over the last four years. The ships involved all carried EU numbers, indicating that they were licensed to import to Europe having theoretically passed strict hygiene standards."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/sep/30/slavery-trawlers-europe

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