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Shrimp, particularly peeled shrimp, are likely to be produced in facilities which offer poor working condition.[1]

Prawn, sold as shrimp in the United States, are a major industry in Thailand where feedstocks of trash fish and byproducts are purchased by fish farms operators such as CP Foods from a fishing industry which employs slave labor, in large part migrant labor from Myanmar. The shrimp, prawns in the UK, are then sold to major retailers such as Walmart, Tesco, Carrefour, Costco, Morrisons, the Co-operative and Iceland.[2]

According to the Global Slavery Index there are about 500,000 slaves in Thailand. This is not unknown to the government, but the high labor costs of the prawn industry and its high profits inhibit enforcement.[2]


  1. "Don’t eat that shrimp" article by Roberto A. Ferdman in The Washington Post December 15, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns The Thai fishing industry is built on slavery, with men often beaten, tortured and sometimes killed - all to catch 'trash fish' to feed the cheap farmed prawns sold in the west" article by Kate Hodal and Chris Kelly in The Guardian Tuesday 10 June 2014