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Abandoned Indonesian Sailors Face South African Deportation

Seventy-five Indonesian sailors face deportation from South Africa after being stranded offshore following years of forced labor at sea.   The men were forced to work in grueling, inhumane conditions at sea for months or years without pay. Most of them are due one year’s back wages, others are owed more. One man described working 20-hour shifts. Their employers abandoned their vessels leaving the sailors to scrape out a living from the waters off Cape Town. But about three...

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