Fisher Boys

What exactly is slavery? does it have to last a lifetime, or is a child who is sold for a set period of time also enslaved? If parents are promised money for the child's labor, is that a salary or a purchase price? Lured by an agent with promises of money, 14-year-old Andy Irawan's parents forced him to join a group of eight other boys living on a jermal, a tennis-court-sized platform of rotting wood and leaky, rusted roofs 10 km off the north coast of Sumatra in the Malacca Strait. The boys are promised pay — around $30 at the...

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