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Indonesia seizes Chinese fishing ship carrying dead sailor

Jakarta detains vessels for first time since string of deaths of its nationals

Several Indonesian nationals aboard Chinese fishing vessels have been subject to abuse, including long working hours and physical violence.   © Kyodo

JAKARTA -- Indonesian authorities found a 20-year-old sailor dead aboard a seized Chinese fishing ship, a police source said Thursday.

The seizure of two vessels was the first by Indonesia since a spate of deaths of its nationals aboard Chinese fishing ships. Authorities detained the ships Wednesday after families of sailors reported hearing stories of violence and abuse.

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