Thousands are enslaved
Directed by Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron, "Ghost Fleet" delves into Thailand's fishing industry, which supplies a large portion of the world’s seafood. The country’s giant fishing fleet is chronically short of up to 60,000 fishermen per year, leaving captains scrambling to find crew.
Human traffickers have seized upon the labor shortage, selling captives from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and across Southeast Asia for a few hundred dollars each.
Once at sea, the men often go months, or even years, without setting foot on land. Beaten, starved and held in cages, men are forced to work for little or no pay.
As many as 4,000 slaves currently work in the Thailand’s seafood industry.
“Now, at the end of our own five-year-long line, I find… the hope of redemption.
That our film will help Patima in her mission to bring these horrors to light.
That our rolling cameras caught glimpses of these men’s stunning hearts.
And that their courage ignites our own.”