Wal-Mart, Red Lobster, Whole Foods and other retailers sell slave-peeled shrimp.

Is seafood on the menu tonight? Well, there’s a chance it might have been caught by a slave. That’s what the Associated Press uncovered when reporters traveled to the remote island of Benjina, Indonesia. They found workers trapped in cages, whipped with toxic stingray tails for punishment, and forced to work 22 hours a day for almost no compensation. Two of the Associated Press reporters who broke this remarkable story, are Robin McDowell and Martha Mendoza.

US custom records have linked slave-intensive shrimp production originating from the Gig Peeling Factory in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, to Thai exporters and subsidiaries associated with some of the world’s largest seafood companies, including Japan’s Maruha Nichiro Foods, as well as Thai Union, Kongphop Frozen Foods, and The Siam Union Frozen Foods.

Seafood packaged under the label of 40 US brands, including Sea Best, Aqua Star, Chicken of the Sea, and pet food Fancy Feast. In the US, where 90 percent of shrimp is imported, millions of people dine on shrimp produced with forced labor every day.

One worker who escaped a shrimp-production facility not far from the Gig Peeling Factory in Samut Sakhon told AP just how miserable daily conditions for workers: a pregnant woman who miscarried on the factory floor was forced to continue working for four days while hemorrhaging; an unconscious toddler who fell 12 feet onto a concrete floor was refused medical care; a pregnant woman who tried to escape was pulled into a car by her hair and later handcuffed to another worker.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2016/4/18/is_the_seafood_you_eat_caught

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