About Slave Free Seas

Slave Free Seas is a team of the world’s foremost legal experts on human trafficking at sea. Slave Free Seas has the expertise and global legal resources to implement jurisdiction-specific strategies to identify tainted supply chains; promote accountability and ensure that victims are provided remedies for the harms committed against them.

Slave Free Seas began with the ongoing transformation of the New Zealand fishing industry. Our involvement has included legal advocacy and prosecution, looking after crew welfare, advocacy for legislative change, awareness raising, and research.

What We Do

Slave Free Seas is focused on undertaking global strategic litigation in order to develop the jurisprudence of human trafficking at sea. Our work in this area feeds into the Slave Free Seas Toolbox - a freely accessible, open source database developed in partnership with LexisNexis

Our networks are global, and we aim to work through these networks to use the law to effectively end labour exploitation and abuse wherever it occurs in the fishing industry, anywhere in the world.

We are currently able to advise and assist on any aspect of advocacy and legal solutions around labour exploitation and recruitment in the global fishing labour supply chain.

"Throughout the world there are many fishing fleets that have highly exploitative, slave-like conditions. Up until now, very little has been done to address these conditions anywhere."
- Matthew Friedman, UNIAP