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.