• Before you join your ship, you need to be aware of the threat of human trafficking and the
consequences of desertion.
• Out of concern for your safety and well-being, this conversation is a requirement for all new
and returning crew members.
• Human traffickers often try and lure team members into jumping ship, to work in the country
illegally. They offer jobs and protection from authorities, but this is a lie; they don’t care about
you and they can’t protect you.
• Desertion is when a team member fails to join their ship or return flight home in order to stay
and work in the country illegally.
• Jumping ship may seem like an opportunity, but in reality, deserters:
– Are forced to work and live in unsafe conditions
– Are paid less than the cost of living
– Have no legal access to benefits or help
– Are always on the run from authorities
– Are deported to their home countries as criminals when caught
– Have their visas revoked, losing the ability to travel or work outside their home countries
– Are made to pay all legal and deportation costs, as high as $35,000 USD; these costs are
often passed on to their families.
– Put other crew members at risk of losing shore leave or even job opportunities.
What to do if there is a concern
• If you are thinking about jumping ship, don’t. It’s not worth the risk and cost to you and
those you care about.
• If you have been contacted by anyone inviting you to jump ship to work for them, or if you are
contacted any time to do so, you must report.
• You will never be in any trouble for being invited to jump ship or for reporting any contact from
anyone inviting you to desert.
• Information about how and where to report is in your “Welcome Aboard” packet.