Thailand refutes allegations of slavery in defence of its prawn industry


THAILAND went on a charm offensive last week in defence of its prawn industry, seeking to convince Europeans that it is responding to allegations of slavery and torture in its fisheries sector.

The fishing industry accounts for 40 per cent of Thai exports of food products and is a mainstay of the economy.

But its image has been badly damaged by accounts of abuse of illegal immigrants held captive and forced into unpaid labour, sometimes on boats at sea for years on end without receiving any payment...

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