Some of the global fishing fleets that operate near or in Argentina have documented cases of serious human rights and slavery issues. Several reports of labour abuses and human rights violations have been recorded by fishing fleets operating in the high seas.
Crew members who were sick that could have been given medical attention were neither treated, nor taken to port and have consequently died. As there is weak, if any, monitoring of fishing in international waters, fishing crew suffer under poor working and living conditions, often lack access to food and water and can be victims of serious physical violence. Most crew from poor SE Asian countries and are lured under the promise of decent, well-paid jobs, end up as modern indentured slaves – often receiving no pay nor being allowed to disembark for years at a time. This happens because governments do not monitor the governments granting fishing licenses or the ports who fail to properly inspect and manage the vessels.