DID YOU KNOW THAT PEOPLE are trapped in forced labor to peel the prawns you eat and produce the seafood you love?

An investigation by The Associated Press has collected evidence of forced labor at a factory outside Bangkok owned by seafood supplier Thai Union. Some of the workers are children who have said they work under the threat of violence. This is just one of many stories emerging from the fishing industry in Thailand and SE Asia. Woolworths, Coles and Aldi have launched investigations, have implemented policies that trace their supply chain back to the factories ensuring they are traffikfree.

Greenpeace also released a report last week revealing that among the top three suppliers of imported prawns to Australia — Vietnam, China and Thailand — human trafficking and exploitation are rife. Greenpeace called for changes to seafood labeling laws to allow consumers to make an ethical choice.

Sadly, just one week prior to these reports, the person the Thai (military) government had put in charge of cleaning up human trafficking in Thailand, Major General Paween, turned up in Australia seeking asylum. His life had come under threat as he had started arresting members of the police and military who were involved.

We commend Coles, Woolworths and Aldi for their capacity to have trace-ability, accountability and transparency in
their supply chain to their processing station. We look forward to all companies doing this for their complete supply chain.

Help us to put an end to human trafficking in the fishing industry.

On average, a large ship sinks every four days and between 2,000 and 6,000 seamen die annually, typically because of avoidable accidents linked to lax safety practices.
— New York Times
Thailand is one of the worst human trafficking hubs on earth. It has been black-listed for the past two years.
— US State Department
After being sold to the factory, they were trapped with nearly 100 other Burmese migrants. Children worked alongside them, including a girl so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table.
— news.com.au
Last year, more than 5,200 seafarers were attacked by pirates and robbers and more than 500 were taken hostage
— New York Times Database

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Sign our change.org petition to the Federal Minister For Justice The Honorable Michael Keenan MP to introduce legislation requiring businesses to publicly disclose the actions they are taking to insure their goods are free from slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.



Read the New York Times series 'The Outlaw Ocean' on the lawlessness of the high seas. Ian Urbina reveals that crime and violence in international waters often goes unpunished.

Read the Greenpeace Report 'Dodgy Prawns:The hidden environmental and social cost of prawns in Australia'.


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