Child migrant workers still exploited in seafood industry
Initiatives to combat the problem of underage labourers in the business have improved thanks largely to worries of losing export markets. However, the problem is still evident in the country's fish-processing towns and activists are calling on new measures and a fresh mindset to combat it
Da, a 17-year-old girl from Myanmar, was excited when a volunteer teacher from the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation visited her in the cramped rented room she shares with four family members in Samut Sakhon province. The volunteer told Da about an upcoming youth camp LPN, a non-governmental organisation assisting migrant labourers in the province, was planning.
PROOF IS IN THE PICTURES: Above and on accompanying pages, recent photos of children working at a primary shrimp processing operation at the Samut Sakhon shrimp market. A ‘Spectrum’ investigation found that child labour was still rife in the industry.
''When will it be held, teacher? I'd like to join,'' the girl asked.