The fishing industry is under fire, and for the right reasons. Earlier this month, the industry was hit with a damning report by British newspaper The Guardian which revealed the use of forced and slave labour on commercial trawlers that sell trash fish to make feed for prawn farms.
The paper urged British consumers and giant retail chains to boycott prawns from Thailand. Carrefour quickly responded to the call while other supermarkets promised their buyers they would ensure their supply chains are slave free.
While both the agro and fishing industry were busy denying the report, the United States last week put Thailand among the world’s worst offenders in human trafficking in its annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report. Again, the use of trafficking victims in the fishing industry is in the spotlight.
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