Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA) is an organization which regularly pays visits to imprisoned migrant workers. As more than two thirds of foreign prisoners in Taiwan are migrant fishermen who supposedly sought to make a better life by working overseas, what exactly did they face and later on pushed them to make irreparable mistakes? As migrant fishermen are hired through a different channel, their labor rights and how they are treated are drastically different from those of the domestic workers. While poverty is the main reason that drive all migrant workers into the fishing voyage, the state of poverty also comes with different levels. Those who are even more impoverished have no choice but to resort to overseas employment by Taiwanese fishing operators, an option with low entry level but high risks. And soon they would find themselves on distant fishing vessels working long hours, constantly under threats of violence and ruthless exploitation.
Hsu Chun-huai, Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA). Hsu Chun-huai (also known as Camel) comes from Kaohsiung and has been living in Taipei for a long time. Hsu is not swimmer and the sea is never a part of his life. However, via his visits to the prisoners, he has come to known a group of people whose livelihood has depended on the sea most of their lives at the expense of their freedom eventually. Hsu has become a staff member of TIWA since 2015 and is responsible for handling labor disputes of migrant workers, developing migrant workers' organizations, and policy research and advocacy.