April 11, 2015 8:30 am -


The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind after hundreds of men were removed in a dramatic rescue. Many of the 210 identified on Thursday were Burmese who wanted to…


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12 responses to 550 Slaves Found On Island

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker April 11th, 2015 at 8:59 am

    This is what the capitalist system brings when it has no oversight or accountability.

    • rg9rts April 11th, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Wait till you see what congress will leave of over sight and accountability

    • dave-dr-gonzo April 11th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      But… but… the Bible sez owning slaves is OK! Praise Jeebuz and Free Market Xtianity!

      • granpa.usthai April 11th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        only if the slave owner is a kristian who will treat their slaves in a kristian manner.
        eg: beaten while sick.
        only to the point where they cry out to be saved (for real) none of this fake ‘save me’ nonsense – which can only come AFTER a really severe beating – then you know it is sincere.

    • granpa.usthai April 11th, 2015 at 2:01 pm


  2. rg9rts April 11th, 2015 at 10:15 am

    For a minute I thought they were talking about Staten Island

  3. dave-dr-gonzo April 11th, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    OT: You know you’re a Web geek when you scan a headline starting with “550” and you immediately assume you have encountered an error.

  4. granpa.usthai April 11th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    still a common practice in many area’s of this planet. even some parts of the US.

  5. FatRat April 11th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Now when I think of the Gorton’s Fisherman, I see him as a taciturn overseer whipping his crew of slaves with a ‘cat o’ nine tails’.

    • StoneyCurtisll April 11th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      No more sea food for Kansans on supplemental food assistance…(fish sticks or canned tuna)..
      Sam Brownback has cracked the whip on
      those disabled and poor citizens…

  6. illinoisboy1977 April 12th, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I just don’t understand it. I wouldn’t work a SINGLE DAY for someone who was trying to force me to do so. Even if they killed me for it, I’d make sure I took at least one of them with me. If you value your liberty, you must be willing to fight and die for it.
    I’ve stared down the barrel of a gun and wound up almost beating the guy on the other end of it, to death. That is how you secure and maintain your personal freedom; by not backing down, not bowing to external pressure and not giving so much as an inch. Better to die on my feet, than live on my knees.