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Bad Cocktail: Burmese Migrants and the Thai Shrimp Industry

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Shrimp is big business in Thailand, thanks to an appetite in the United States that continues to...

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A family sorts shrimp at an open-air distribution center in Mahachai, the capital of Thailand’s Samut Sakhon province. Labor abuse is most common in unregistered peeling sheds that line area backroads. Image by Jason Motlagh. Thailand, 2012.

America's appetite for inexpensive shrimp from Southeast Asia is growing, but at what cost? In Thailand, illegal and abusive labor practices go unchecked to feed a booming demand. Jason Motlagh gives us a closer look at the Burmese migrants who are the backbone of the industry.

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