Tinned Tuna Industry In Crisis

What is the chance that the last tin of tuna you ate was made using slave labour? If it came from Thailand, the odds may be a lot higher than you imagine.

A new report found that only one brand of tinned tuna from Thailand is produced entirely free from slave labour.

Slavery in the fishing industry is rampant, because of the need for labour intensive work. Thailand is the worldโ€™s top exporter of tuna, and one of the biggest exporters of all fish. Its marine fishing industry is particularly prone to modern slavery due to its size, lack of regulation, extent of illegal operations, and exploitation of migrant workers.

Dr. Vikram Bhakoo, a co-author of the report and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, joined us on the Daily.

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