Thai fishing industry turns to trafficking: ‘We witnessed girls being raped again and again’
One year on from the Guardian’s expose of slave labour in the supply chain of Thai prawns sold in supermarkets across the world, a new investigation has linked Thailand’s fishing industry with the vast transnational trafficking syndicates profiting from the misery of some of the most persecuted people on earth. Hundreds of Rohingya migrants were sold from jungle camps on to Thai fishing boats producing seafood sold across the globe. As Thailand’s fishing sector faces crisis, fishermen are also moving closer to the traffickers, converting their boats to carry people and facilitating huge off-shore trafficking camps.
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