September 23, 2016

Two Indonesian nationals who were recruited to work in the commercial fishing industry filed suit in California federal court Thursday alleging they never received the job or wages they were promised but instead were taken to sea against their will and subjected to forced labor and horrific conditions.

Named plaintiffs Sorihin Sorihin and Abdul Fatah filed the suit in California’s Northern District, claiming they paid high recruitment fees of between $300 and $400 each and were promised they would receive $350 and $300 per month, respectively, along with eligible bonuses and pay increases with time to work on a ship named The Knowledge, but instead were transferred to the Sea Queen II in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and forced to work up to 20 hours a day.

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