Thailand: Thai Police Make Rare Arrest of Politician Accused of Trafficking Migrants Into Fishing Industry

Thai police have made the rare arrest of a local politician – along with six other people – on suspicion of trafficking Myanmar migrants onto fishing trawlers and forcing them into debt bondage.

The arrests Tuesday by the federal Department of Special Investigation come as the kingdom tries to clean up complex supply chains in its multibillion-dollar seafood sector.

Thailand’s fishing industry was rocked in 2016 when a Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigation by the Associated Press uncovered slavery and abuse of migrant labor riddling its seafood sector, the seventh largest in the world, supplying tuna, shrimp and pet food to global supermarkets.

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