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Thailand: Migrant Workers Labor Overtime to Process Shrimp


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America's appetite for inexpensive shrimp from Southeast Asia is growing, but at what cost? In...

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In a world hungry for cheap shrimp, Burmese migrants are the backbone of a Thai shrimp industry that is the world's third largest. The United States is Thailand's top customer, accounting for a third of the country's annual shrimp exports.

Rights groups say that overseas demand for shrimp products in greater volume has fueled a culture of exploitation in the Thai industry. They insist the failure of foreign companies to sufficiently verify the origin of the shrimp they import allows abuses to persist.


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