In one of the most notorious cases of human slavery that the ITF has encountered in years, three Pakistani seafarers onboard the Iranian-flagged MV Borhan 3 spent 22 months without ever being paid a single dollar.
In a clear-cut case of modern slavery, the Pakistani crew were left abandoned at the Iranian Port of Bushehr, forced to live and endure in miserable conditions, while their pleas for help were continually ignored by the company and the flag state.
Eradicating notorious companies like this from the maritime industry must be a priority on the agenda of governments and authorities, to stand up for what’s right and ensure that no seafarer is subjected to this type of slavery,” said Steve Trowsdale, ITF inspectorate coordinator.
“Over the past two years the company, Borhan Darya Kish, has acted with total impunity. For 22 months the company didn’t pay these seafarers a cent, they never paid one advance or allotment, and left the crew in a dire and defenceless position,” said Mohamed Arrachedi ITF Arab World and Iran Network Coordinator..
Despite the lack of cooperation from the Iranian flag state and maritime authorities and the Pakistan Embassy in Iran, the ITF and our affiliate the Iranian Merchant Mariners Syndicate (IMMS) managed to secure both the seafarers’ repatriation home on 27 and 29 September 2019, as well as US16,112 in owed wages for each seafarer.