Photo: Vannak Anan Prum

A new graphic memoir shares a brutal tale of modern slavery on the high seas

Shortly after he sold into slavery on a Thai fishing boat, Vannak Anan Prum saw one of his fellow Cambodian workers fall overboard. He and the other crew members rushed to rescue him, but the captain told them to throw the man back. It’s bad luck to save someone the sea gods have already claimed, the captain said.

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