Human Trafficking and Imported Seafood

Our partners at FishWise are working on a research report on imported seafood and the connection to human trafficking. Just as environmentally-sustainable farmers have often lead the way in promoting reasonable wages and human rights, there's some movement among sustainable seafood providers.

"Unfortunately, fishing related industries—most notably shrimp peeling and processing operations in Thailand and “Flag of Convenience” (FoC) fishing vessels throughout South East Asia and West Africa—have been linked to human trafficking. Case studies by the Environmental Justice Foundation documenting so-called “modern slavery” practices in fisheries and/or aquaculture have included first hand and eye-witness accounts of child labor, deceitful recruiting, physical and mental abuse, hazardous working conditions, abandonment and/or refusal to repatriate, imprisonment, denial of fair and promised pay, and the withholding of official documents (i.e. passports)."