SUPPLY CHAINED:HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN THE GLOBAL TUNA INDUSTRYBeaten. Abused. Forced to take drugs. You won’t believe what’s happening to workers in today’s seafood industry. New Greenpeace research will take you inside fishing fleets to expose what’s really happening at sea.
WHAT WE FOUND AT SEA
What's in the can? Is it just tuna? Or is it tainted by the abuse and exploitation of workers and the marine environment?
Thailand’s seafood sector has been linked to human trafficking, debt bondage, child labour, forced labour and other serious human rights abuses.
READ THEIR STORIES
Men and women across the seafood sector are exposed to a range of abuses. This is especially true in Thai fishing vessels. For workers, debt bondage, child labour and other serious abuses are common. But for victims of trafficking, the story is even darker.
"One guy tried to escape, but he was beaten. Another was beaten until his leg was broken so we didn’t dare flee."Min Min Thein
"They also had guns. There were three guys always watching us. Those three guys had daggers. So we were too scared of them to try and flee."Kyaw Moe Thu
"The broker called us ‘soccer balls’, meaning that we were under their feet and could be kicked anywhere and didn’t have the ability to go anywhere on our own."Kyaw Moe Thu*, victim of trafficking and forced labour *Name has been changed to protect the individual’s identity.
“They didn’t allow us to eat much. The meals they gave us were small and not enough… We would never eat enough. Our lives were really tough out there.”Min Min Thein*, victim of trafficking and forced labour *Name has been changed to protect the individual’s identity.
HOW OVERFISHING LEADS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Exploitation flourishes in the Thai fishing industry because of inadequate regulations. This is fueled by the availability of cheap labour from across Southeast Asia and huge increase in fishing capacity.
Rising costs and dwindling fish stocks have led to an increase in the use of trafficked, forced, and bonded labour in the industry.
People from across Southeast Asia leave their homes to search for better work
From sea to plate: Southeast Asia supplies tuna to the best known brands all over the world.
THE SUSPECT: THAI UNION GROUP
Thai Union Group has the power to transform the global tuna industry.But even CEO Thirapong Chansiri notes, “It is difficult to ensure the Thai seafood industry’s supply chain is 100 percent clean.”
As a world leader in the tuna industry, Thai Union Group can play a key role in protecting the environment and safeguarding workers’ rights. We’re calling on the company to:
1. SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS
by committing to not source from fisheries where abuse and exploitation are present, with proper monitoring in place.
2. END TRANSSHIPMENTS AT SEA
which allow workers to be trapped on board for years and enable overfishing.
3. STOP SUPPORTING LONG-LINE FISHERIES.
These are destructive, wasteful, and continue to capture high levels of bycatch. The capture and finning of sharks remains endemic.
4. HELP END DESTRUCTIVE FISHING
by not supporting purse seines with Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) or sourcing from poorly regulated fisheries. We need more than just policy announcements. We want a detailed work plan with and schedule so their progress can be effectively monitored.