SABANG, Indonesia – The Thai captain of a seized cargo ship carrying an estimated $2 million worth of seafood has been arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of illegal fishing. It's the latest development linked to an AP investigation that uncovered a slave island earlier this year.
AP first identified the massive Thai-owned Silver Sea 2 in July with a high-resolution photo taken from space, showing slave-caught fish being loaded onto a refrigerated vessel. AP then tracked the ship through its satellite beacon and informed Indonesian authorities when it crossed into their waters.
Friday's arrest is one of 10 made in Indonesia and Thailand since the investigation tied the catch of migrant workers forced to fish to the supply chains of major U.S. food sellers and pet food companies six months ago.