Victims of seafood-related human trafficking are lured or forced into exploitative situations through deceit and violence in many cases, recruiters entice vulnerable and impoverished unskilled. Illegal or unregulated fishing and human trafficking are linked, and companies that source seafood in thailand have been forced to investigate their supply chains to satisfy horrified customers. Human trafficking of forced workers is far from something of the past and this sobering discovery shows just how close to home it gets thailand is the largest prawn exporter in the world, shipping out 500,000 tons of shrimp annually in an estimated $73 billion industry. Us officials and human rights activists called on americans to stop buying fish and shrimp tied to supply chains in thailand, where the associated press has found slaves are forced to work in the seafood industry.
The tool's release comes on the heels of a new report that confirms forced labor and human rights abuses remain embedded in thailand's fishing industry, years after global media outlets first. Thailand human trafficking death toll far greater than feared, claims rights group mass grave in songkhla province may foreshadow more discoveries as survivors tell of hundreds of deaths among. Human rights abuse, forced labor, iuu fishing and overfishing are interconnected issues which we must confront together and we, therefore, stand in solidarity with greenpeace, and call on thai union and chicken of the sea to immediately reform their social and environmental practices.
Overfishing, pirate fishing and modern-day slavery in the thai fishing industry must be addressed as interconnected issues international demand for cheap seafood is fuelling a brutal trade in vulnerable people and the collapse of entire marine ecosystems aside from the devastating human cost and. Study: human trafficking, slavery 'rampant' in thai fishing industry thai labor microsoft billionaire backs human trafficking documentary about seafood sector. (brussels) - forced labor and other rights abuses are widespread in thailand's fishing fleets despite government commitments to comprehensive reforms, human rights watch said in a report. The government amended its 2008 anti-trafficking laws and other laws related to forced labor in the fishing and seafood industry, which increased criminal and civil penalties on traffickers, allowed for the closure of businesses involved in forced labor, and provided legal protection for whistleblowers.
On monday, the state department renewed thailand's ranking on the lowest rung of governments that do not meet minimum standards in countering human trafficking the other thai industry where forced labor is common is sex work, said mr robertson, from human rights watch. As such, overfishing, pirate fishing and people trafficking/slavery must be addressed as interconnected issues, said the ngo, which has investigated thailand's labor issues since 2013. Children in thailand engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in seafood and shrimp processing, and in commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. The charity has secured action from the us department of state towards halting human trafficking, and its investigative work into cotton in uzbekistan led to one of the world's most repressive governments signing un conventions to end forced labor ejf has also helped secure a global ban on a deadly pesticide.
Thailand is one of the world's largest seafood exporters, but overfishing and human trafficking have caused the fishing industry to become entangled in a net of its own. Concerns about labor abuses, especially at sea, prompted the us state department last year to downgrade thailand to the lowest level in its annual human trafficking report, putting the country.
Thailand is the third largest seafood exporter in the world, but much of the tuna, sardines, shrimp and squid it exports has been caught by victims of human trafficking. Thailand's multi-billion dollar fishing industry came under global scrutiny in 2014 when reports of human trafficking, modern slavery and other illegal, unreported, and unregulated (iuu) fishing activity surfaced. But the overfishing problem that creates the incentive for forced labor in the first place may be just as important to tackle tags fishing , john kerry , state department , migrant , overfishing. Abuse, forced labor and trafficking continue in thailand's fishing industry, says a new report it comes almost three years after the eu threatened to ban thai fishing products if bangkok didn't.