Against a Sea of Troubles -Isolated and abused, women in the Merchant Marine are finally speaking out

Life offshore sounds like a concept for a reality TV show: Put a group of strangers together in an isolated environment, deprive them of sleep, their families and friends, days off, and a means of escape, and then see who survives. But this is the way of life for 2 million seafarers across the world who staff the oil rigs, container ships, and car carriers that help keep the global economy moving.

When my daughter still lived at home, she used to watch Big Brother. I told her that the idea of a group of people forced to live together sounded too much like my time at sea. . . . and we couldn’t vote anyone out.

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