Her boyfriend made too many excuses, and work always came first. It was as if she was losing him. She gave him an ultimatum, and he was stunned.
He’s a passionate photographer, as passionate as his job as he was about her. But he had one last assignment and mission to complete.
He wished she would understand. When she received files of his work, she realised the true weight on his shoulders — he was trying to uncover human trafficking in the fishing industry, an uncomfortable and ugly truth right in their backyard.
He had met another young woman who was looking for her carpenter husband, who was likely
duped into leaving their village with false promises of more lucrative jobs.
Following a hunch and with some clues from the young woman, he hides out at the docks to look for her husband.
The two men narrowly escape, but amidst the scuffle, only one of the women would get their lovers back.
Tragically, this story’s real tragedy is that many more men — husbands, sons and fathers — are still being exploited in the fishing industry in Asean countries.
Notes on Human Trafficking in the Fishing Industry
Fishing is one of the biggest industries in the ASEAN region, and working conditions on fishing boats are often extremely difficult. According to findings from a recent IOM and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine survey, trafficked fishermen spend an average of 1.5 years trapped, more than trafficked people in any other sector. In the worst cases, fishermen face 18-20 hour workdays, live in cramped quarters, face drinking water and food shortages, and are required to work even when they are fatigued or ill. Boat owners sometimes prevent fishermen from leaving through threats of financial penalty and physical violence. Many of these fishermen are never paid. Prisana is a fictional depiction of the worst form of this.