INDONESIAN seafarers are being beaten, raped and forced to eat rotten food in slum-like conditions aboard Korean-owned fishing boats, according to a New Zealand study.
New university research compiled from interviews with dozens of fishermen has exposed disturbing levels of inhumane treatment on foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone.
The conditions suffered by 2000 mainly Indonesian men on 27 vessels were judged "appalling", with gruesome accounts of extreme physical violence and verbal abuse.
"Officers are vicious bastards ... factory manager just rapped this 12kg stainless steel pan over his head, splits the top of his head, blood pissing out everywhere...," one informant told the University of Auckland.
"I told the Master can't leave him cause he's bleeding all over the squid. He said 'Oh no no, he's Indonesian, no touchy no touchy'... Took him to the bridge and third mate said 'Indonesian, no stitchy no stitchy'. I ended up giving over 26 stitches ... bit of a mess." More...