Fishermen Are Largely Invisible Victims of Trafficking and Forced Labor

“Fishermen are largely invisible victims of trafficking and forced labor,” says Dr. Marla Asis, Director of Research at the Scalabrini Migration Center in Manila, Philippines. Being at sea, they are out of sight, and we are not aware of the terrible circumstances in which they live.

Dr. Asis and her team researched the living conditions of Indonesian, Filipino, and Vietnamese fishermen in the Taiwanese fishing industry as part of “The Future of Work, Labor after Laudato Sì” research track on labor migration coordinated by ICMC. She presented the results at the 3-4 December High-Level Conference on “The Future of Work” in Bangkok. The research report will be published in 2020.

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