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Abuse in Thailand' shrimp industry

26 Sep 2013

The latest report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) documents accounts of human trafficking into the Thai shrimp industry, confiscation of identification documents, withholding of pay, forced detention and bonded labour.

The report, The Hidden Cost: Human Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry, exposes the reliance of Thailand’s shrimp industry on migrant workers, many of whom are trafficked and face arduous journeys, and even armed robbery, before enduring abusive conditions in shrimp processing factories.

During investigations carried out in October 2012 and March 2013, EJF gathered evidence of perilous human trafficking into Thailand, as well as serious labour and human rights violations in shrimp facilities.

This latest report follows EJF’s Sold to the Sea report, published in May this year, which revealed evidence of human trafficking, labour abuse and the routine use of violence, including murder, in the Thai fishing industry.

To download The Hidden Cost: Human Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry, please click here.


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