High-seas slavery: Was your seafood caught by captives?

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A squid boat plying Asian waters. (AP photo)

Hour 2

Was that seafood on your plate today caught by slaves? That’s the troubling prospect raised by the investigative reporting of E. BENJAMIN SKINNER, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. Skinner, whose last book, “A Crime So Monstrous,” delved deep into the world of modern-day slavery, continues that story in a recent story in Bloomberg Businessweek. In it, he uncovers the brutality, theft and even sexual abuse that Indonesian fishermen suffer while pulling fish and squid from the ocean for ships bound for New Zealand, and how that same seafood could end up certified as “sustainable” in high-end U.S. supermarkets.

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