End Modern Day Slavery Epidemic

Hands in Chains

Target: Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Goal: End the widespread practice of capturing migrants for slave labor on seafood ships.

Thousands of migrants are being captured and enslaved to work on fishing boats, obtaining seafood that’s shipped to countries all over the world. These migrants are mostly Burmese and Cambodian individuals trying to escape oppression and terrible conditions in their own countries only to be thrown into death camps until they’re sold into slavery. They’re beaten, starved, and often unceremoniously killed and tossed into the sea. Some are as young as 13.

This has been going on in the waters around Thailand for years, but the government has done very little to stop it. There are even reports of involvement in this human trafficking by Thai officials. Because of this, the practice has grown to the point that ships are giving up fishing altogether to dedicate all of their resources to trafficking slaves.

Due to recent reports, there has been a surge in public outcry against this problem as well as pressure from other governments on Thailand to step up and take real action against this human rights crisis. Every decent human being knows that slavery is an absolutely unacceptable practice that must be ended as soon as possible wherever it crops up. Sign our petition to add your voice to the rising outrage and pressure the government of Thailand to immediately crack down on modern-day slavery in their nation.


Dear Prime Minister Chan-o-cha,

The human trafficking problem in your country is out of control. Reports show that Burmese and Cambodian migrants who are trying to escape oppression and death are being captured in Thai waters, thrown into death camps, and sold off as slaves to work on fishing boats. Much of the seafood coming out of your country is the result of horrific slave labor, and the rest of the world won’t stand for it.

I understand that you’ve passed new regulations and pressed charges against people involved in the slave trade, but very little has changed. It’s beyond time to step up your game and dedicate real action and resources to cracking down on this problem until it’s eradicated. Any kind of slave trade within your nation is a source of great shame, and ending it should be a top priority.

Refugees as young as 13 years old are being beaten, starved, worked to death and tossed into the sea every day in your waters. You’re already facing sanctions for your lack of action, and public opinion is swiftly turning against you. Do the decent thing and take immediate action to end the rapidly growing practice of modern slavery taking place in your country.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Imagens Evangélicas

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One Comment

  1. Mary Finelli says:

    Please do your part to end the horrific abuse of these people and the other victims of the fishing industry: the fish and other aquatic animals who are cruelly caught and inhumanely killed.

    Science has shown that fish feel terror and pain. All of the nutrients we need to thrive can be obtained from a plant-sourced (i.e., vegan) diet. Needlessly harming fish -or any other animals- for food or ‘fun’ or anything else is animal abuse.

    Fishing also causes many ecological and other problems, including human health hazards (mercury and other toxins, parasites and other pathogens, etc.).

    There are marvelous vegan versions of pretty much every type of seafood imaginable. Please don’t eat animal-sourced seafood or otherwise support fishing. See Fish Feel for vegan seafood recipes and resources.

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