"LINABUAN SUR, the Philippines — When Eril Andrade left this small village, he was healthy and hoping to earn enough on a fishing boat on the high seas to replace his mother’s leaky roof.

Seven months later, his body was sent home in a wooden coffin: jet black from having been kept in a fish freezer aboard a ship for more than a month, missing an eye and his pancreas, and covered in cuts and bruises, which an autopsy report later concluded had been inflicted before death."

Images (some that did not make the final edit) from the NYT Outlaw Ocean series, by Ian Urbina.


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In Manila, men in the hundreds crowd through the gates of a job fair trying to sign up for work at sea. But many of these jobs will be doled out through alternate channels: hidden trafficking networks that run from Taiwan to Singapore to tiny villages on small outlier islands in the Philippines. A quarter of the world's seafarers are from the Philippines. I went there to understand how some of these traffickers operate, how so-called manning agencies routinely dupe local men before dispatching them offshore, often to Taiwanese tuna longliners, where many of them face severe beatings or worse.In particular, I wanted to investigate one brutal case involving a young Filipino villager named Eril Andrade. He went to sea hoping to earn money to repair his mother's home. He came back in a coffin, covered in bruises and cuts, missing an eye and his pancreas. The captain of his ship attached a note to his body that simply said that he had died in his sleep. Here is some back story on that reporting. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/insider/human-trafficking-at-sea-reporters-notebook.html

Posted by Ian Urbina on Monday, February 8, 2016

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