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Published September 21, 2012

STEPHEN SAPIENZA AND JASON MOTLAGH
The world--especially the U.S.--wants cheap shrimp. For the $1 billion plus shrimping industry in Thailand, fulfilling this desire comes at the expense of workers. Special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports on the abusive working conditions in the Thai shrimping industry, including corruption, human trafficking and violence.
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PROJECT
Bad Cocktail: Labor Abuse in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry
America's appetite for inexpensive shrimp from Southeast Asia is growing, but at what cost? In Thailand, illegal and abusive labor practices go unchecked to feed a booming demand.
September 24, 2012 / The Washington Post
Thailand: Migrant Workers Labor Overtime to Process Shrimp
JASON MOTLAGH
In a world hungry for cheap shrimp, Burmese migrants are the backbone of a Thai shrimp industry that is the world’s third largest. But low prices often come at their expense.
September 20, 2012 / The Washington Post
In a World Hungry for Cheap Shrimp, Migrants Labor Overtime in Thai Sheds
JASON MOTLAGH
Thanks to a bottomless appetite for inexpensive shrimp in the West, Burmese migrants are the backbone of a Thai shrimp industry that is the world’s third largest. But there's a darker side.
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Bad Cocktail: Labor Abuse in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry
Stephen Sapienza
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Stephen Sapienza is an award-winning news and documentary producer who has covered a wide range of human security stories, including the HIV crisis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, child...
Jason Motlagh
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Jason Motlagh is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. Until recently TIME Magazine’s Kabul correspondent, he has reported from around Afghanistan and more than 35 countries for leading U.S...
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PBS NewsHour
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Economy, Human Rights, Labor, Poverty
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