Cambodian Trafficking Victims Sue US Seafood Importers

Thailand-Shrimp-Slaves3Cambodians who were forced to work in slave-like conditions aboard Thai fishing boats filed a complaint in a U.S. federal court against two American companies and their Thailand-based suppliers. The complainants, two women and five men, were recruited by Bangkok-based Phatthana Seafood Co. Ltd. between 2010 and 2012 and faced “forced labor, involuntary servitude and peonage” at the hands of their employer, said their lawyers, who filed the case in California’s Central District Court last month. U.S. companies cited in the case sell shrimp and other seafood to large North American chain stores, such as Walmart. The case also targets Thai firm S.S. Frozen Food and California-based Rubicon Resources and Wales & Co. Universe Ltd. Agnieszka Fryszman, an attorney with Cohen Millstein law firm, told VOA Khmer that her clients’ employer deducted an excessive amount of money from their paychecks for expenses. Read the rest here 14:00