Thousands of sailors on commercial ships treated like slaves, & fear being thrown overboard if they complain

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1 May 2001

Selling 'Ships, Slaves And Competition'

Author: International Commission on Shipping

ICONS Chairman Peter Morris has hit the international trail to win support for the commission's report 'Ships, Slaves and Competition'

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Article
12 March 2001

Third World Sailors 'Treated Like Slaves'

Author: Reuters, in The East African [Kenya]

Tens of thousands of sailors on commercial ships are being treated like slaves and live in fear of being thrown overboard if they complain about exploitation and mistreatment, says a report by an independent industry body. The report "Ships, Slaves and Competition", found that on 10 to 15 per cent of vessels, sailors from developing countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia were being subjected to poor safety conditions, excessive hours, unpaid wages, starvation diets, rapes and beatings. The report said crews told stories of sailors disappearing after complaining to officers and of being blacklisted if they dared to seek union help to collect unpaid wages.

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Article
6 March 2001

full report: "Ships, Slaves & Competition"

Author: International Commission on Shipping

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Article
1 March 2001

press release: ICONS Report Released 6th March 2001

Author: International Commission on Shipping

ICONS chair Peter Morris, will release the Commission’s ‘Ships, Slaves and Competition’ report

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