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Why are millions of people still trapped in slavery?        Guardian        31 July 2017

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqV4rh0xMRM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern day slavery - Supply Chains        Thomson Reuters Foundation        20 december 2013

 

 

 

 

Modern day slavery - Supply Chains        Thomson Reuters Foundation        20 december 2013

 

This introductory video opened

Trust Women 2013 plenary on rooting out slavery in supply chains

 

Slavery is all around us.

It's been linked to the supply chains of everyday products,

from shoes and bags to matches and soccer balls.

It lurks in many of the commodities

that fuel the global economy:

cocoa, coffee, precious metals...

 

Multinational supply chains

are sometimes so convoluted and opaque

that it's hard to pinpoint the agent

or sub-contractor using slave labour.

 

From frozen shrimp to mobile phones,

how can we be sure the products we buy

weren't produced through human misery?
 

YouTube > Thomson Reuters Foundation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRu6CaXTAxA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slave ships & supermarkets: Modern day slavery in Thailand        G    11 June 2014

 

 

 

 

Slave ships & supermarkets:

Modern day slavery in Thailand | Full length version        Guardian        11 June 2014

 

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB9gTbLGTN4&list=PLa_1MA_DEorGkBGoM7RIsnGMMKOitJZ0e

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rana Plaza Collapse Documentary: The Deadly Cost of Fashion        NYT        15 April 2014

 

 

 

 

Rana Plaza Collapse Documentary: The Deadly Cost of Fashion        Op-Docs | The New York Times        15 April 2014

 

A photojournalist who covered

last year's deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh

draws connections to New York from clothing labels he found in the rubble.

 

Produced by Ismail Ferdous and Nathan Fitch

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fkhzdc4ybw&list=PL4CGYNsoW2iCb4uQUNgWK6TJJgNVp-MpP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qatar: the migrant workers forced to work for no pay in World Cup host country    G    25 September 2013

 

 

 

 

Qatar:

the migrant workers forced to work

for no pay in World Cup host country        Guardian        25 September 2013

 

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5R9Ur44XV8&list=PLa_1MA_DEorGkBGoM7RIsnGMMKOitJZ0e&index=4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

modern slavery / domestic slavery / slave labor    2000s-2010s

 

http://www.ap.org/explore/seafood-from-slaves/

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/aug/01/
victim-of-slavery-immigration-problem-home-office

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/02/01/
582214032/was-your-seafood-caught-with-slave-labor-new-database-helps-retailers-combat-abu

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/
police-forces-failing-to-tackle-modern-slavery-in-uk-report-shows

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/24/
how-police-miss-chances-to-investigate-modern-slavery

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=OqV4rh0xMRM - 31 July 2017

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2017/jul/31/
why-are-millions-of-people-still-trapped-in-slavery-video

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2017/jul/30/
traffickers-take-all-makes-you-human-faces-modern-slavery-in-pictures

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/29/
521971468/in-u-s-restaurants-bars-and-food-trucks-modern-slavery-persists

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/18/
474714308/ap-story-on-slave-labor-in-fishing-industry-wins-pulitzer-for-public-service

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/20/
463600820/todays-slaves-often-work-for-enterprises-that-destroy-the-environment

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/11/29/
367377022/13-000-modern-slaves-working-in-u-k-london-says

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/
opinion/sunday/thai-seafood-is-contaminated-by-human-trafficking.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/
london-slaves-freed-after-30-years-captivity

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/
slavery-abduction-cases-uk-worldwide-south-london-women

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2013/nov/21/
london-30-year-slavery-case-extraordinary-policeman-video

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/
opinion/slavery-isnt-a-thing-of-the-past.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2007/mar/26/
comment.politics

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2007/feb/26/
socialexclusion.immigrationasylumandrefugees 

 

 

 

 

http://www.economist.com/books/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3623046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slave        UK

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/aug/01/
victim-of-slavery-immigration-problem-home-office

 

 

 

 

UK > modern slaves        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/11/29/
367377022/13-000-modern-slaves-working-in-u-k-london-says

 

 

 

 

sea slaves        USA

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/world/asia/philippines-
fishing-ships-illegal-manning-agencies.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/
world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html

 

 

 

 

people in bondage        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/20/
463600820/todays-slaves-often-work-for-enterprises-that-destroy-the-environment

 

 

 

 

slavery

 

 

 

 

enslaved        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/23/
vietnam-children-trafficking-nail-bar-cannabis

 

 

 

 

forced labour        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/23/
vietnam-children-trafficking-nail-bar-cannabis

 

 

 

 

(be) trafficked from Vietnam into forced labour in the UK        UK

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2015/may/23/
vietnam-child-trafficked-uk-forced-labour-trafficking

 

 

 

 

smuggle

 

 

 

 

smuggler

 

 

 

 

people smuggling        USA

http://www.npr.org/2015/05/23/
408996476/people-smuggling-is-big-business-in-myanmar

 

 

 

 

human trafficking        USA

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/19/
538086277/dozens-convicted-of-human-trafficking-in-landmark-thai-trial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slavery and the Shrimp

on Your Plate

Thai Seafood Is Contaminated
by Human Trafficking

 

JUNE 21, 2014

The New York Times

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

 

Shrimp and other seafood fishing is a big business in Thailand. The industry employs more than 650,000 people and annually produces more than $7 billion in exports that show up on dinner tables all over the world, including in the United States. It also has a horrific dark side. Its reliance on slave labor is so pervasive and ugly that the State Department now lists Thailand as one of the worst violators among 188 countries judged every year on how they deal with human trafficking.

The ratings were begun 14 years ago, after the United States enacted an anti-trafficking law and the United Nations adopted the Palermo Protocol. Both call for countries to criminalize trafficking, punish offenders and provide shelter and support to victims. The State Department’s annual human trafficking report, released on Friday, is an important part of this effort, systematically chronicling abuses and government efforts to stop them.
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Thailand has long been a magnet for migrants from neighboring countries. These migrants now number two to three million people. Tens of thousands of them are victims of trafficking — vulnerable men, women and children, some forced into the Thai sex trade, others pushed into garment manufacturing and domestic work. Now comes growing evidence that many are also being exploited in fishing and fishing-related industries.

According to the 432-page report, men from Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand are forced to work on Thai fishing boats that travel throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. Many pay brokers to help them find work in Thailand, and are then sold to shipowners. Under threat of jail or deportation and desperate for income, they are forced to work 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, for very low wages, and are often threatened and beaten. The exact scope of this abuse is unknown but the report cited two surveys that suggested between 17 percent and 57 percent of the fishermen were treated this way.

The report builds on recent investigations by Reuters, the Environmental Justice Foundation and The Guardian newspaper, which found that slavery is central to the shrimp industry’s success. So is corruption. The State Department said Thai civilian and military officials and the police profited from smuggling members of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority who are fleeing oppression in Myanmar and Bangladesh, into the country, holding them in detention centers and then selling them to brokers and boat owners.

Thailand is a treaty ally of the United States. For two years, the department placed Thailand on a watch list, signifying dissatisfaction with its inaction on human trafficking. Last week, it finally listed Thailand among the worst violators of the standards set in American law, in part because “the government demonstrated few efforts to address these trafficking crimes.” Malaysia and Venezuela also made the worst list for the first time. There are 20 other countries in this bottom category, including North Korea, Iran and Russia. The United States and 30 other countries in the top category are considered compliant with the standards; the rest are somewhere in between.

The revelations about Thailand should persuade major global corporations, including Costco, Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco, that their business models have to change. They should refuse to import from fishermen or companies that have been reliably identified by watchdog groups as using slave labor. They also need to pressure the Thai government to ensure that abusers who hire trafficked employees are prosecuted and that the victims are protected and treated with respect.

Under American law, aid and other assistance can be withheld if countries do not crack down on trafficking; Washington should not hesitate to use this tool when it can be effective. Consumers have a role to play, too, by refusing to purchase products produced with slave labor.

The saddest part is that Thailand is only one slice of the problem. Slave labor has also been documented on ships flying the flags of Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong, among others. It is estimated that there could be 29 million victims of all sorts of human trafficking around the globe, including thousands in the United States.

There has been progress over the past 14 years in raising awareness of the problem and in dealing with it, but as the State Department report all too painfully shows, there is still a long way to go.


A version of this editorial appears in print on June 22, 2014,

on page SR10 of the New York edition with the headline:

Slavery and the Shrimp on Your Plate.

Slavery and the Shrimp on Your Plate,
NYT,
21.6.2014,
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/
opinion/sunday/thai-seafood-is-contaminated-by-human-trafficking.html
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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