Global Journalist: Uncovering Slave Labor in the Thai Fishing Industry

Sep 9, 2016

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Thailand is the world's third-largest exporter of seafood, shipping shrimp, tuna and other fish to supermarket chains and pet food companies in the U.S. and Europe.

But a series of investigations by the Associated Press and other news agencies have highlighted a pervasive problem in the Thai fishing industry: the use of slave labor from people tricked or kidnapped into working at sea.

 On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at slavery at sea in Southeast Asia, and what’s being done to fight it. 


Note: This program originally aired on April 28, 2016.

Our guests this week:

  • Margie Mason, the Asia regional writer for the Associated Press, and part of the Pulitzer-winning team.
  • Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, a human rights organization working in Southeast Asia.
  • Lisa Rende Taylor, executive director of the Issara Institute, a non-government organization that focuses on stopping human trafficking.
  • Hoa Nguyen, an international consultant who has worked previously with the UN and other agencies on human trafficking issues.