Thai seafood exporters: come learn the 'truth'
Thailand’s shrimp and tuna processors and exporters are challenging non-governmental agencies and importers worldwide to come here and learn the truth about labor conditions in the fishing industry.
The challenge was made after the US this week downgraded Thailand to Tier 3, the lowest level, in its 2014 "Trafficking in Persons" (TIP) report following reports by civic groups and foreign media alleging the use and forced labor and slavery in the seafood industry.
"We have been improving working conditions in the industry for eight years and are sure there has been no child or forced labor in the production chain," said Poj Aramwattananont, president of Thai Fishery Producers Coalition, which comprises eight associations.
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