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Lip service alone won't end migrant labour misery, say activists

A first-ever meeting to tackle human trafficking in the seafood industry among politicians, government officials and NGOs was a positive step, but without a clear government plan Thai companies _ and the foreign giants who source from them _ will continue profiting from exploitation

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Adam Janofsky
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Thailand and multinationals benefiting from the export of cheap seafood are facing increasing pressure from the international community to address human trafficking abuses in seafood and other industries. 

SINKING FORTUNES: Migrant workers sort fish on a Thai fishing boat in Sattahip, Rayong province. Many of the men on such boats are unwilling and forced to work in brutal conditions.

On June 6 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, over 30 representatives from the Royal Thai Government, seafood companies, international retailers and the UN met to discuss the long-standing and escalating problem of human trafficking in the seafood industry. The meeting, which was organised by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (Uniap), focused on finding solutions to the human trafficking issues through public-private sector collaboration. It was the first meeting of its kind.

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