Slavery on trawlers ?

129x129_Daily RecordCondensed from an article in the Daily Record

With dwindling catches and wages, there are few people left in Scots fishing communities to go to sea which is why trawler owners have increasingly turned to foreign crews to keep the boats at sea.

If these foreign workers do not come ashore, they are not subject to minimum wage protection and when their board and equipment is deducted, they can be paid as little as £600 a month.

The exploitation of Asian and African fishermen off the Scottish coast was a scandal waiting to happen. Police are investigating allegations of slavery and human trafficking on fishing boats.

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