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IUF slams human trafficking in Thailand

The IUF is inviting signatures to a petition against human rights abuses in a Thailand shrimp factory which is also a major supplier to Walmart:

The workers, from Cambodia and Burma, protested the seizure of their passports by factory owners in Thailand. Police were called. Shots were fired.

It wasn’t just the passport seizure that incited the workers’ anger – it was management slashing wages again. Their wages already failed to cover the most basic needs, and this latest action put workers deeper into the factory’s debt. Many of them are still legally and financially trapped at the factory, victims of human trafficking.

This is not an isolated incident. Also in Thailand, workers at a pineapple factory recently held similar protests over wage reductions. There are now reports of human trafficking involving children under 15, bought and sold to work there. More than 73% of this factory’s shipments to the USA go to Walmart.

Here is a link to the petition.