April 4th, 2011
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From a thriving industry in southeast Asia, the catch might end up on dinner plates almost anywhere in the world.

But you might be shocked to know how these fish are caught. Sometimes the boats are floating prisons crewed by slaves.

In this video report above, CNN's Dan Rivers explores the story of brothers Pheum Dina and Pheum Bolin, who were lured from Cambodia to work on the fishing boats three years ago. They say they were imprisoned on a Thai trawler for 3 months – with no pay and no chance to escape. They were slaves at sea.

Read Enslaved on 'ghost ships' at the CNN Freedom Project

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  1. Olive Negrin

    Both environmental and animal rights factions have criticized bass fishing in recent years for being both harmful to native species and cruel to the bass themselves. Most bass are no longer caught for sustenance, but simply as a sport, and largemouth bass are generally let go after the catch.;`

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    May 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  2. Best Catfish Bait Guy

    It a shame that there is still stuff going on in this world like that! You just never know where some of our food comes from until someone shed light!

    July 18, 2011 at 12:17 am | Reply
  3. ស្រុកខ្មែរ ស្នេហ៍ខ្ញុំ

    This exploitation has occurred so so many years and surely Thai authority is aware of this case but they are just happy to get money from those perpetrators and skip their look on that angle.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  4. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    Red Lobster sounds good.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:16 am | Reply

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