Stop Slavery and Child Labor in Shrimp Industry

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Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea

Goal: Crack down on slavery and child laborers used in the shrimp industry in Thailand.

Businesses and the Thai government have made repeated promises to end the use of slaves in Thailand’s $7 billion seafood export industry. A recent Associated Press investigation has allegedly found that shrimp from the country that is being exported to the U.S., Europe, and Asia is peeled by slaves.

It’s been reported that large groups of immigrant slaves are crowded together, including small children, to peel shrimp for little to no pay as someone stands watch to enforce work. Rather than addressing this huge issue as promised, Thai officials are overtaken by corruption that stops them from doing something about this human rights violation.

It’s rare that any action is taken against the slavery and, when action is taken, it unfairly punishes the people forced into slavery rather than the business owners operating with slaves.

Human trafficking and slavery is a disgusting crime that Thai officials are allowing to happen. If they won’t do something about it, someone else must step up to protect these people. Urge the United Nations to take action against Thai business owners who are corruptly allowing slaves to be used in the shrimp industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,

Despite repeated promises to stop using slaves, Thai businesses and government officials have allowed human trafficking to continue to fuel the shrimp industry in Thailand. These business owners and officials are corrupt, thus allowing the use of human slaves to continue. Even children are used to peel shrimp for little or no pay and in crowded, violent conditions.

This is a sickening human rights violation that Thai officials are allowing to happen, but this cannot continue. I urge you to rise up to end the use of slaves in the shrimp industry in Thailand.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Phu Thinh Co

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