A fisher shares his story of forced labour in the high seas and how he’s taking action to help protect the rights of migrant workers in the fishing industry.

A fishing vessel at sea. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace

From 2019 to 2021, Pukaldi Saswanto did not touch land for 30 months whilst working on a fishing vessel. Originally from Bengkulu, a coastal province in Sumatra, Indonesia, Pukaldi had signed up with a recruitment agency to be a fisher based on a friend’s recommendation.

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