The Slavery on Our Dinner Plates

Friday, February 24, 2012

While most Americans believe their connection to slavery ended with the emancipation proclamation, the unfortunate reality is that it exists to this day — and the evidence is on everyone's dinner plates. A new investigative report reveals that laborers on fishing ships are frequently forced to work up to 52 hours straight under dangerous conditions, and are paid only $260 a month for unlimited hours. Because many companies won't disclose where they get their seafood from, avoiding purchasing slave-fished products is difficult to impossible for consumers.

Benjamin Skinner is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and is author of the report.


Benjamin Skinner

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]


Modern-day slavery is a worldwide problem. Human Trafficking goes hand in hand with this crime. One of the only solutions is educating those who can do something against it - our future. To help end human trafficking, help educate the lawyers, doctors, nurses, and all men and women of tomorrow.

Feb. 24 2012 09:17 PM

It would be a reader/listener service, and good journalism, to include the name of your guest's publication and a link to the story.

Feb. 24 2012 10:36 AM

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