Imagine being stuck in the middle of the ocean on a giant ship with hundreds of men around you. You are working in 100 degree weather with the smell of rotting fish filling the air that makes you feel sea sick and upsets your already starving and sick stomach. Imagine dwelling all of this from months to years, this is what immigrants in Thailand have to face in the fishing industry. In Thailand there have been reports of Cambodian and Myanmarese immigrants being forced into cruel and horrific conditions on the open sea as ‘Sea Slaves’. Most men and boys who end up as ‘Sea Slaves’ end up in that situation because of wanting to pay off family debt or being lured across the border by traffickers. Primarily, these men are used to forage fish so they can be sold for a cheap price. Much of their slave work goes to selling fish for feeding poultry, Americans, and using fish for canned cat and dog food in the United States. This modern day slavery can be stopped though with regular boat regulations, laws to protect the workers, and bringing more attention to the issue.
Regular boat regulations will be probably the most important and the most effective way to produce results. Thailand has no restrictions on how long a boat can be out at sea or where the boats can go. Regulating the seafood market will help stop unfair trafficking in the sea. In fact, Government intervention on the fishing industry lacks any protocol whatsoever. “...unregistered vessels that the Thai government does