Burmese migrants in Thailand end up in 'Seafood Slavery'

May 9, 2011

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Burmese migrant bathes outside his home in Thailand. Many seafood workers face extortion, arbitrary detention and forced labor.

Much of the fish that ends up in American grocery stores and on your dinner plate once swam in the Gulf of Thailand. As the main supplier of seafood for the United States, Thailand's massive seafood industry attracts thousands of illegal immigrants from neighboring Burma, seeking under-the-table jobs. But most consumers are unaware the seafood they’re eating could have been caught by a seafood slave.

Patrick Winn reports. The story was provided by the Public Radio Exchange.