Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Report reveals that shrimp industry is subsidized by slave labor.

A shocking investigative report from The Guardian reveal that virtually all shrimp harvested in Thailand is in some way a product of slave labor, and that much of this shrimp ends up in the mainstream food supply chain. If you eat shrimp, it is likely you are consuming the fruits of slave labor.

Forced to work on old fishing boats, slaves work 20-hour days, often with drugs to keep them going. They are not paid, having been bought and sold into the industry.

Forced to work on old fishing boats, slaves work 20-hour days, often with drugs to keep them going. They are not paid, having been bought and sold into the industry.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Business & Economics

Keywords: Thailand, slavery, shrimp, labor


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Guardian has published an investigative report that finds much of the shrimp consumed around the world, especially that provided by the booming $7.3 billion per year Thai industry, is the product of slave labor.

The report explains that countless numbers of slaves work on fishing boats, often anchored far from shore, and they receive no pay and are often tortured and even executed. These fishing fleets, staffed with slaves, are a key part of the shrimp supply chain.

Let us pray for justice and an end to the scourge of slavery.

Most of these boats do not harvest shrimp, but instead collect what the report calls "trash fish." These are small or inedible fish that cannot be sold at market. Instead, they are sold to factories which produce "fish meal" which are basically protein flakes -fish food, fed to shrimp on mainstream farms.

Among the chief beneficiaries of this work is Cheroen Pokhand Foods (CP Foods). CP Foods then supplies shrimp to most of the world's retailers including Costco, and Walmart, among others in the United States.

Chances are, if you live in the United States and consume shrimp, you are likely enjoying the fruits of slave labor.

Several have escaped the fishing boats only to relate harrowing tales of terror. Nearly all of the victims report being brokered into the trade, offered work by third parties who actually sold them into slavery, often for as little as a few hundred dollars.

Once enslaved at sea, the captives are usually chained and forced to work for as long as 20 hours per day. Beatings, torture and forced drug-use are common. Methamphetamines are given to keep slaves awake and working.

Slaves who fail to do their work or to satisfy their captains can be tortured. Workers commonly get little to no food. They are worked literally to death. Those who anger their captains can be killed execution-style, often in front of the crew as an example to others. The Guardian report recounted one incident where four boat captains decided to execute a slave by tying his limbs to the bows of four boats and pulling him apart.

The Thai government is well aware of the practice, but it has a notorious record of failing to do anything to combat human trafficking. In fact, high government officials are often involved. An ongoing military coup certainly prevents much progress on the problem.

Activists are calling upon the Thai government to make fishing fleets use government-provided workers, but this is very unlikely to happen. Experts say that using paid labor as opposed to slaves could even collapse the shrimp industry as food costs for shrimp would soar.

Retailers say they are conducting their own audits to endure socially responsible acquisition of products, but decry the system as opaque. All of the retailers including CP foods, Costco and Walmart said they did not have enough information to change their business practices while paying lip service to the reduction and eradication of human trafficking.

This leaves the matter to consumers to demand change by voting with their wallets to deny sales to those who profit from slavery. However with most people ambivalent about slavery and actually changing their habits, which now ensnares some 27 million people -more than were brought to the United States in all the centuries of legal chattel slavery, it is unlikely that change will come anytime soon.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Business & Economics

GOODBYE CASH! Some banks to go cashless Watch

Image of Citibank has said some branches may become cashless.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Citibank has announced it will stop accepting cash at some branches. The move is sparking surprise and anger as the bank appears to be moving customers towards virtual banking. Around the world, there is a trend to suppress the use of cash in favor of electronically ... continue reading


Here's how Trump is already making America great again, just by getting elected Watch

Image of He hasn't even taken office and the country has reversed course.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

He's only a president-elect, but Donald Trump is already making America great again. In the week since his election, several positive events have transpired including the dollar reaching a 14-year high. The contrasts with the media coverage which is all spin, intended ... continue reading


China remains a fast-growing trade monster Watch

Image of Chinese exports continue to dominate the world market.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Chinese exports remain dominant in the world, bringing about $2.3 trillion into the country annually. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - China remains a fast-growing trade monster, now raking in $2.3 trillion per year, up from $1.9 trillion four years earlier. The ... continue reading


Wages, jobs rise in October as recovery finally reaches the middle class Watch

Image of Wages are on the rise, but so too will be interest rates.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Did you get a raise recently? If you haven't you might soon. According to payroll data, worker wages are finally starting to rise. The increase should boost the economy and spur the Federal Reserve to finally raise interest rates. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading


Another warning. The world is about to run low on JOBS as automation takes over Watch

Image of What will we do in a world without work?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

More data and more warnings. The fourth industrial revolution has started. It will be jobless and many people will lose their employment, or be forced to compete for their jobs. The result is, you will probably be unemployed, or accept low wages to survive. LOS ... continue reading


Don't like my writing? Then meet my replacement! - A.I. to replace journalists starting NOW Watch

Image of Many jobs are surprisingly vulnerable to automation.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Don't like my writing? Then meet my replacement! Robot journalists are rolling out in England and Ireland and they are the first of a new wave of AI that can take over jobs requiring critical thinking skills. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -  The first robo ... continue reading


The world is $152 TRILLION in DEBT - Global economic collapse looms as governments struggle Watch

Image of The world is drowning in debt and it's not likely to be paid off anytime soon. The implications of this are disastrous.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The world is on track to enter a deep, global recession unless it begins paying down its debts. This is the risk the world faces as the International Monetary Fund reports the world is $152 trillion in debt. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The world is deep in ... continue reading


Robots take over pizza joint! Fast food jobs due to be phased out Watch

Image of Zume pizza is making pizza with robots. In the next few years, the fast food industry is expected to automate significantly.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A pizza startup in Silicon Valley is about to change the way you get your pizza, and possibly many of your other meals as well. Zume pizza is using robots to make your pizza and has plans to fully automate the process. Robots are on their way into restaurants across ... continue reading


Are Americans WRONG about work? How a Catholic approach to work actually increases profits Watch

Image of Ironworkers building the Rockefeller Center take lunch in this iconic photo from New York. (1932)

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Are Americans wrong about work? New research and practical experience suggests we Americans are wrong about work, and that if we want to be more productive, we may have to work less. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The news from Sweden is promising. Some workers ... continue reading


The economic problem that could destroy America TODAY Watch

Image of Stagnant wages are a threat to our already weak economy. Fortunately, there's a positive trend as some employers begin hiking wages.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The economy is growing slowly, and the bad news comes at a time when the Federal Reserve is contemplating an interest rate hike. The combination of a sluggish economy and rising interest rates could lead to a recession. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The U.S. ... continue reading


All Business & Economics News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 48:17-19
17 Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am Yahweh ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
1 How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked and does not ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 11:16-19
16 'What comparison can I find for this generation? It is like children ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 9th, 2016 Image

St. Juan Diego
December 9: Saint Juan Diego was born in 1474 as ... Read More