A Story of Slavery in Fishing Industry

A highlight of a two day event held in Sydney at the end of July was the launch of a book – The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery.

The author of this book is Cambodian modern slavery survivor Vannak Anan Prum who has recorded through words and art his experiences of being enslaved first on a Thai fishing boat and then on a palm oil plantation. He spoke at a conference organized by the Sydney Archdiocese Anti-Slavery Task Force as an opportunity for participants to be better informed about modern slavery, the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 and to consider where supply chains and operations may be at risk of modern slavery.

St Vincent’s Health Australia Senior Procurement Specialist, Genevieve Alexander, and the National President of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) Noelene Simmons SM were among the presenters at the Conference. To read a full account of this conference go to:


Vannak Anan Prum will be speaking in Canberra and Melbourne in the coming week. His book is recommended for schools and others keen to learn more about human trafficking and modern slavery particularly in the fishing industry. For details re venues and times oat which he will be speaking contact office@acrath.org.au.