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Thailand: Efforts to protect seafood workers stalled by brands refusing to invest in new anti-slavery policies, report suggests

"Major brands found failing to help Thai seafood sector tackle slavery", 4 December 2019

Efforts to protect Thai seafood workers from labour exploitation and modern slavery risk stalling as most international brands and retailers refuse to pay their suppliers more to comply with new anti-slavery policies, researchers said...

...Thai seafood suppliers are struggling with rising production costs as they seek to improve labour conditions and meet new anti-slavery laws and regulations, with little or no financial help from big buyers...

...The Thai government has in recent years overhauled the legal framework governing fishing, regulated recruitment agents, updated anti-trafficking laws to cover forced labour, and implemented more stringent monitoring of fisheries.

But the report said that complying with new laws and regulations has increased production costs, while most international buyers were refusing to increase their prices...

 

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