International Labor Organization & Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, shocking findings of life on trawlers

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Thailand boat (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

AP Reports, Some workers are sold onto boats by their families, others by unscrupulous employment brokers. Nearly half the workers make less than $160 a month in exchange for back-breaking labor. Some might not see any money at all. And their employers get away with it, because Thailand – the world’s No. 3 seafood exporter after China and Norway – either lacks comprehensive laws to protect poor migrants from exploitation or fails to enforce existing laws, such as those prohibiting the employment of children under 15 in fishing. Researchers from the International Labor Organization and the Asian Research Center on Migration at Chulalongkorn University questioned nearly 600 workers in four provinces along Thailand’s coasts for a study, released Monday, on the state of the country’s fishing industry. They found conditions on trawlers so bad that Thai citizens are rarely willing to work on one. (Read More)

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