Imported Shrimp May Use Human Trafficking

Shrimp consumed in the United States may have been produced using human trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Labor and human rights organizations. Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. Documented examples of human trafficking in the shrimp supply chain include individuals held at sea to catch […]

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World Day Against Child Labor Includes Shrimp

The U.S. government, other governments, and human rights organizations have all documented labor abuses in the shrimp supply chain in several countries. On June 12, the Southern Shrimp Alliance is promoting resources to help shrimp purchasers avoid sourcing from supply chains that use forced labor, child labor, and forced child labor as part of World Day Against Child Labor. Resources […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues Withhold Release Order Barring Imports from Fishing Vessel

In the context of the $6.5 billion worth of shrimp imported into the United States from all over the world in 2017, the $4.6 million in shrimp we imported from Myanmar (Burma) that year was just a small drop in a huge ocean. But $4.6 million worth of shrimp is still a lot of shrimp. And it was a substantial jump up […]

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SSA Condemns Criminal Defamation Case Filed Against Prominent Labor Activist in Thailand

In a letter sent today to U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed grave concern regarding the recently filed criminal defamation charges in Thailand against Andy Hall, a British citizen resident in Thailand. According to published reports, Mr. Hall, a long-time advocate of humane […]

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Why Is the FDA Inspecting So Little Seafood from Vietnam?

After refusing only four entry lines of Vietnamese seafood in September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported refusing thirteen entry lines of Vietnamese seafood in October.  Nine of the thirteen Vietnamese seafood refusals were for entry lines of shrimp; six of these were for the presence of banned veterinary drug residues. The shrimp refused for veterinary drug contamination […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Eliminating Child and Forced Labor from the Shrimp Supply Chain Update II

On Tuesday, CNN’s Freedom Project posted an article and interview with anti-trafficking expert Siddharth Kara on the abuse of bonded labor in the Bangladeshi shrimp industry.  To do full justice to the piece, please watch the video and read the article in full at the link below.  Mr. Kara’s investigation found labor abuse at every stage of shrimp production in […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Eliminating Child and Forced Labor from the Shrimp Supply Chain Update

The Bangkok Post printed an editorial today titled “Dirty Hands of Shrimp Trade” calling on the Thai shrimp industry in Samut Sakhon to clean up abusive labor practices. I encourage you to read the full editorial, which can be accessed through the link below. Three sentences should jump out at you in the editorial: There is no use denying that […]

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Know Your Supplier Continued: Eliminating Child and Forced Labor from the Shrimp Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Labor released an updated “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” on Wednesday, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. In the fourth edition of the report, shrimp is once again highlighted as a commodity produced by both child and forced labor. Shrimp from Bangladesh and Cambodia is listed […]

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Addressing Child Safety and Labor Abuses

The use of child and forced labor is a serious problem in some shrimp exporting countries. The use of such labor is not only morally repugnant but also has a direct trade impact in that it provides an unfair cost advantage to producers who exploit such workers. In addition, imports produced by such labor can be excluded from entry into […]

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Fighting for Fair Trade

FIGHTING FOR FAIR TRADE: CONTENTS Achieving Equitable Benefits of Trade Relief Improving Duty Collection Litigating the Antidumping Orders Addressing Child Safety and Labor Abuses The Southern Shrimp Alliance has prosecuted and defended the antidumping duties imposed to respond to unfair pricing, and provided information and analysis to multiple government agencies to respond to illegal evasion of the duties. Although the […]

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