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About Ghost Fleet

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.

Thousands of slaves currently work in the Thailand seafood industry.

About Ghost Fleet

  • Shannon Service: Director/Producer
  • Jeff Waldron: Director
  • Jon Bowermaster: Producer
  • Paul G. Allen: Executive Producer
  • Julia Ormond: Executive Producer
  • Shannon Joy: Executive Producer
  • Carole Tomko: Executive Producer
  • Shari Sant-Plummer: Executive Producer
  • Geralyn Dreyfous: Executive Producer
  • Rocky Collins: Co-Executive Producer
  • Jannat Gargi: Co-Executive Producer
  • T.C. Johnstone: Co-Executive Producer
  • Greg Kwedar: Co-Producer
  • Louie Psihoyos: Co-Producer
  • Aimee Link: Co-Producer

Thousands Enslaved

The film follows Patima Thungprachayakul, a Thai abolitionist committed to helping victims and bringing perpetrators to justice, and Tun Lin, who was enslaved for many years but narrowly managed to escape. Facing death threats, and corruption their fearless determination inspires the world.


Patima Tungpuchayakul - Labor Rights Organizer


"The goal of "Ghost Fleet" is to flashbulb this whole world. Its profound horrors and sublime humanity. The cruelties we’re capable of, as well as the courage. We could easily have made thrillers of each man who jumped ship and made it home to his family, but Patima and her crew of former slaves-turned-abolitionists bring us something rarer: transcendence."

Director & Producer Shannon Service


Tun Lin - Labor Rights Organizer


"The spark of this entire undertaking was to visualize the unthinkable, to churn memories into pictures of worlds and experiences rarely seen and never photographed, with the intent of haunting the entire world into action."

Director Jeff Waldron

The Filmmakers

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Shannon Service Director/Producer

Shannon Service is an independent reporter and filmmaker ...

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Jeff Waldron Director

Jeffrey earned a 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nomination ...

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Jon Bowermaster Producer

Writer, filmmaker and adventurer ...

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