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THAILAND - Guardian newspaper makes shocking accusations of slavery on Thai fishing vessels

A shocking report by the U.K. Guardian newspaper claims Thai fishing vessels that enslave, brutalize and even kill workers are linked to the global shrimp supply chain. The newspaper says its six-month long investigation found that shrimp sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco, were raised using fishmeal sourced from Thai fishing boats that used slave labor.

June 12, 2014

A shocking report by the U.K. Guardian newspaper claims Thai fishing vessels that enslave, brutalize and even kill workers are linked to the global shrimp supply chain. The newspaper says its six-month long investigation found that shrimp sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco, were raised using fishmeal sourced from Thai fishing boats that used slave labor.

The newspaper points a finger directly at shrimp farming giant, Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods.

\"Although the Thai government has told the Guardian that \"combating human trafficking is a national priority\", our undercover investigation unearthed a lawless and unregulated industry run by criminals and the Thai mafia – facilitated by Thai officials and sustained by the brokers who supply cheap migrant labour to boat owners\", the newspaper claims.

Read the full story, including video, in the Guardian.

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