US: Child labour issues in Thai shrimp industry resolved

US: Child labour issues in Thai shrimp industry resolved

Thai crab will be taken off the list of products that are subject to additional sourcing regulations.

US: Child labour issues in Thai shrimp industry resolved
Shrimp are available at Samut Sakhon’s Mahachai business. ( File photo )

According to assistant federal spokesperson Kenika Ounjit, the United States is preparing to replace prawns from Thailand from its annual list of products produced through child labor or forced labor.

Ms. Kenika claimed that the US Department of Labor’s ( DOL ) decision demonstrated how seriously the government was working with child labor issues to keep them in line with international standards.

The pattern appears to have been considerably lessened, according to a declaration from the US company posted in the Federal Register on May 10.

According to it, it stated that its conclusions were based on “recent, trustworthy, and validated information from various sources.”

According to Ms. Kenika, the move reflects the success of state initiatives and actions introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to strengthen labor procedures in the shrimp business.

In 2009, the DOL included crab from Thailand on its professional commands list. The purpose of the list is to prevent US national agencies from purchasing goods made by child laborers who have been forced or bonded.

Federal companies that produce the products listed has formally state that they made an effort to verify whether forced or enslaved child labor was employed to produce the goods in accordance with procurement rules.

As of July 13, 2022, the listing comprised 34 goods from 26 states.

According to the DOL, its sources claimed that children in Thailand, mainly immigrant children, were peeling prawns in little, unregulated” crab sheds.”

In more than a few disconnected incidents, these children were engaged in driven child labour, it said.

The Thai government and other stakeholders made a number of conscious, important efforts to address child labor and forced child labor throughout the seafood market, including in the shrimp tearing industry, it added.