Betelnut trade

'They're killing people at sea': The lucrative PNG trade that gave rise to pirates

Standing by the shoreline at her home on Los Negros Island, Agnes Boyou looks out at a makeshift ocean grave for six members of her family.

It's been two years since her son David John, his two sons and three cousins set off from Manus province and made the treacherous journey in a small dinghy to Papua New Guinea's (PNG) mainland.

He'd been making the 800-kilometre round trip for five years, earning a living through the trade of betel nut.

But this journey was to be his last.

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