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15 Jun 2016

Author:
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC on Globe Newswire

Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Victims File Lawsuit Against California-based Seafood Importers

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Victims of human trafficking in the multi-billion dollar seafood industry supply chain…filed suit in California federal court.  The seven plaintiffs were recruited from their home villages in rural Cambodia to work at factories in Thailand producing shrimp and seafood for export to the United States…[T]he five men and two women became victims of human trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, and peonage…The defendants sell their shrimp and seafood to large U.S. customers like Walmart and include California-based Rubicon Resources, LLC, and an affiliate, Wales & Co. Universe Ltd, as well as Thai corporations Phatthana Seafood and S.S. Frozen Food…The Trafficking Victims Protection Act authorizes victims of human trafficking to pursue a remedy against whoever knowingly benefits…from participation in a venture which that person knew or should have known has engaged in an act of trafficking or forced labor…

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Cambodian victims of trafficking file lawsuit against seafood importers in California

Seafood exporters lawsuit (re human trafficking in Thailand)