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AP Wins Pulitzer for Slave Labor Story
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The Associated Press has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for documenting the slave labor trade in the Southeast Asia’s seafood industry.

 

The 18-month project involved tracking seafood caught by slaves to the processing plants that supply supermarkets, restaurants and pet stores in the U.S. The investigation spurred the release of more than 2,000 captive workers.

 

The stories also led to numerous arrests, seizures of millions of dollars in goods, and a crackdown on Thai shrimp-peeling plants.

 

The four AP journalists have chronicled how men were being imprisoned, sometimes in cages, in an island village in Indonesia, and forced to work on fishing vessels. Numerous men also reported cruel maimings and deaths on their boats. 

 

Every morning at 2, they would hear a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. They were forced to work 20 to 22 hour shifts with no days off. And they were never called by their real names, only numbers given to them by their boss.

In the Indonesian island village of Benjina and its surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries involved in the seafood industry.

 

The men Associated Press interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand, and were forced to fish.

 

Some fishermen, risking their lives, begged the reporters for help. Their seafood catch was shipped to Thailand, where it entered the global stream of commerce.

 

This intricate web of connections obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves. 

 

Slavery-tainted fish often wind up in some America's major grocery stores. It also finds a way into the supply chains of some of the most popular brands of canned pet foods.

 

The slaves interviewed by the AP had no idea where the fish they caught was headed. They knew only that it was so valuable, they were not allowed to eat it.

 

The seafood caught by slaves may travel around the world, but their own lives often end right here, in this island village.

 

A crude cemetery holds more than 60 graves, where small wooden markers are neatly labelled, some with the falsified names of slaves. Only their friends remember where they were laid to rest.

 

The story of slavery in the Thai seafood industry started decades ago. In recent years, as the export business has expanded, it has become more difficult to convince young Myanmar migrants to accept the dangerous jobs.

 

So far more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen were freed after officials took action as the result of AP's reporting.

 

Pulitzer Prize 普利策新闻奖,美国新闻界的一项最高荣誉, 现在已成为全球性的一个奖项

crackdown 痛击,镇压

chronicle按照时间顺序记录;编年史

maiming 使残废

crisscrossing 纵横交错的

intricate 错综复杂的

obscure 遮掩,使(某事物)不分明

tainted 被污染;腐败

cemetery (非教堂的)墓地,公墓

falsified 伪造的

                                                  Edited by Feng Lu冯露)2013 Translation class

 
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