A new investigationfrom Associated Press has alleged human rights and labor abuses in the Hawaiian fishing industry, reports the Washington Times. Around 700 undocumented foreign workers, mostly from impoverished Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations, work on Hawaii’s commercial fishing fleet, the country’s fifth-highest grossing fishery, it said.
They catch prized ahi tuna, mahimahi and other seafood served at some of the country’s finest restaurants, markets and hotels. They do not have visas and cannot enter the country, staying confined to their boats for sometimes years at a time – all with the blessing of high-ranking federal lawmakers and officials. The investigation found instances of human trafficking, active tuberculosis and low food supplies.
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