The AP story comes after a year of reporting.
Do we remember why it took a year of reporting?
Because in June 2014 the world press repeated the SAME story, only this time the island was Ambon.
And in 2013 ethnic Rohingya were already being reported as being sold into slavery on Thai fishing boats.
Do these look familiar?
Special Report: Thai authorities implicated in Rohingya Muslim smuggling network (Reuters, July 2013)
Thai Slave Traders Supply Costco Shrimp (The Guardian, June 2014)
Slave labour in fishery could cost Thailand dearly (Bangkok Post, June 2014)
Are slaves catching the fish you eat? Thailand could face US sanctions for human trafficking (AP, June 2014)
Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade (Reuters, October, 2014)
And today, follow-up articles are “reminding” us that there are tens if not hundreds of islands across Indonesia on which upwards of 4,000 slaves are still held captive by Thai fishing corporations. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/28/4000-foreign-fishermen-stranded-on-remote-indonesian-islands
To quote Kamonpan Awaiwanont, the surprised Thai Fisheries Department representative to whom this was reported a few days ago, "This is still happening now? [pause] We are trying to solve it. This is ongoing."
This is absolutely unreal.