After Rescue of 330 Enslaved Men from Indonesian Island Last Week, More Than 200 Others Found
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Canadian Press] By Margie Mason and Robin McDowell - April 10, 2015 -
JAKARTA, Indonesia, The number of enslaved fishermen 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 nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue.
Many of the 210 identified Thursday were Burmese who 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.
An in-depth investigation by The Associated Press published last month led to the discovery of massive rights abuses in the island village of Benjina and surrounding waters.
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