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  • 'It was torture': Grim tales in Thai fishing sector despite reforms
    Beh Lih Yi
    Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit news.trust.org
    January 23, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Trafficked into work and routinely abused, migrant fishermen in Thailand are still subject to forced labor despite efforts by the government to clean up the industry, advocacy groups said on Tuesday.

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    Migrant workers prepare to unload their catch at a port in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, January 22, 2018.
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    Migrant workers sort fish and seafood unloaded from a fishing ship at a port in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, January 22, 2018. Picture taken January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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      • Human Rights Watch: Thailand is failing to combat human trafficking
        Talal Husseini
        Talal is a reporter for the Verdict network focusing on the food supply chain and related political, health and environmental issues[Working in the Thai fishing industry] was torture. One time I was so tired I fell off the boat, but they pulled me back on-board.

        Pattani resident Thet Phyo Lin said:



        Thai government efforts

        International response
        [HRW] are not calling for a ban on imports now, but if the Thai government does not make sufficient progress in the coming year and labour conditions are as bad as they are now, we would start calling for a red card.


        If the EU moves to ban seafood from Thailand it could have a serious impact on the Thai fishing industry.

        Adams said:

        The [Thai fishing association] would look for other markets obviously but the markets will be saturated so it will have a devastating effect on the Thai fishing industry and I think it would lead to concerted action by the Thai fishing association to clean up their act.
        foodprocessing-technology.com. You can read it here

        verdict.co.uk
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        • Thanks for the link.

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