Thailand 's Fishing Industry : A Global Standard For Human Rights

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Thailand’s Fishing Industry On December 10th, 1948 in Paris, France the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created as a global standard for human rights. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights States that every human being has the right to desirable work and join trade unions. Currently in Thailand, migrants from surrounding countries have been forced into fishing to produce the world 's seafood. Consequently, The demand for seafood has overtake international labor rules,and United Nations treaties in Thailand 's fishing industry, and sustained forced labor practices that produce the world 's seafood. Labor in Asia has…show more content…
In 2005, Nestlé was criticized for suspicions of forced, child and slave labor on cocoa plantations in West Africa. Currently, Nestlé is in being investigated for chocolate harvesting in West Africa, fishing in Thailand and drilling for water in drought ridden California (Andrei). In the most recent accusation, Nestlé has been condemned for turning a blind eye to the method of fishing used in the Thai fishing supply chain. Nestlé has approved an action plan to stop abuses, but the fishing practices still occur nowadays. (Blake). Nonetheless, due to unknown factors in the supply chain, some may not really know what is in their pet 's dish bowl. Forced labor in Asia has generated immense amounts of money for major corporations, directly in relation to limited government relation and low wages. In 2013, Thailand’s seafood industry generated 7.8 billion dollars, and Thai seafood headed for Europe was worth 717 million dollars. An hike in demand in the Thai seafood market has led to an increase in competition for fish, and then leads to faster production. Few people in Thailand were willing to work long hours for very little, so slave and forced labor ensued. Thailand does have laws to prevent slave labors, such as the Thai Anti-Trafficking in persons act of 2008 and Labor Protection Act of 1998 that were intended to stop human trafficking and give fair labor rights. Even with these rules, forced labor practices still occur (DiStasio). With hopes to stop Thai
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