Malnourished, abused and unable to escape. That's the fate of countless men who believed they had scored a promising job on a fishing boat, but ended up as modern-era slaves. Victims of human traffickers.Just how many slaves are out there is difficult to assess. There's no oversight on international waters. But monitoring groups say that forced labor and abuse are widespread in the fishing industry. With profit margins low and competition high, fisheries push their workers to work long hours and in dangerous conditions. Many of these men come from Southeast Asia, like one Indonesian crew who lived to tell the tale.

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