Red Lobster, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart Still Buying Shrimp Peeled By Slaves? Thailand Struggles With Enforcing Human Rights

Peace and Freedom

Promises unmet as Thailand tries to reform shrimp industry

By Martha Mendoza | AP September 22 at 1:15 AM
The Associated Press

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SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand — Facing international pressure for failing to stop human trafficking in its seafood sector, Thailand promised almost a year ago to compensate victims of slavery and industry leaders vowed to bring all shrimp processing in-house.

That hasn’t always happened. Instead, some formerly enslaved shrimp peelers have been deported. And some shrimp peeling sheds are being inspected and authorized to keep operating.

Tin Nyo Win, who escaped slavery and alerted police to abuses, was deported to Myanmar this month, along with his pregnant wife and a half-dozen others, after being held almost a year in a Thai government shelter. Authorities said that although the couple were victims of modern-day slavery, they had illegally entered Thailand to begin with.

“They don’t treat us like humans. They treat us…

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