Fishermen Endure Slavery-like Conditions in Taiwan -

Fishermen Endure Slavery-like Conditions in Taiwan

  • Published on
    September 19, 2017
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Supply Chain
Hero Banner

Prosecutors report there was a group of fishermen in Taiwan who were locked in small rooms with no windows to prevent them from escaping. This was just the most recent abuse case of migrant workers on the island. The Jakarta Post reported the crime.

“Fishing and boat company owners were among 19 people charged Monday in the southern city of Kaohsiung for illegally holding 81 foreign fishermen in buildings after they had berthed their boats.”

While at sea, the victims sometimes were forced to work for 48 consecutive hours and paid only US$300-$500 monthly.  Authorities say that Taiwan’s labor laws limit workers to working a maximum day of eight hours for a minimum wage of around $930.

A prosecutor explains, “The accused exploited the fishermen with illegal methods for their own profit, describing the fishermen as slave labor in the sea.”

Those arrested face charges of human trafficking and offences against personal liberty.  If convicted, they could be sentenced to a maximum seven-year jail term.

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

Three Chinese companies face restricted imports due to forced labor ties

In an effort to eliminate goods made with Uyghur forced labor, the U.S. State Department added three more Chinese companies to the list of those facing import restrictions for goods coming into the U.S. This brings the total number of companies on the list to 27.  Goods from Xinjiang (Uyghur region) are guilty until proven innocent  The legal backing for these restrictions falls under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Entity List (UFLPA) which

| Wednesday September 27, 2023

Read more