AP Reveals the Human Cost of Cheap Seafood By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor and Christian Guzman, Community Reporter This past April, Associated Press journalists Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that chronicled modern day slavery. Men from Myanmar and neighboring countries were tricked, captured and forced [&hellip
The Associated Press newswire service published 10 stories from March through December of 2015, weaving a gripping narrative that’s akin to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, except the characters in these stories are flesh and blood people.
The AP identifies the Indonesian island village, Benjina, as a haven, and to a degree, the heart of a human trafficking ring in Southeast Asia. The crackdown by authorities made the ring scatter, extending the time it would take to free the remaining enslaved fishermen.