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FEB 02
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Crackdown on Trafficking in Seafood Industry

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Thailand has issued a serious crackdown on trafficking in the seafood industry, resulting in over 100 arrests of people suspected of labor abuses and trafficking, and in the release of approximately 130 presumed victims in vessels and factories. These results are the efforts of a task force that had been set up to investigate 36 cases--more than double the efforts of the previous year which saw the investigation of 15 cases.

News analysis links this crackdown to Thailand receiving a "yellow card" from the EU last year threatening to ban all seafood exports from Thailand to the EU unless the government seriously...