I’m Pulitzer Prize-winning AP National Writer Martha Mendoza, and some colleagues and I just reported that slaves in Thailand are peeling shrimp that’s later sold in the U.S. -- the latest in our series on slavery in the seafood industry. AMA!
Hi, I’m Martha Mendoza, a national writer for The Associated Press. AP colleagues Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Esther Htusan and I just put out an exclusive report showing that slave laborers in Thailand -- some of them children -- are peeling shrimp for sale overseas, and that some of that shrimp is being sold in supermarkets and restaurants in the U.S.
This is our latest report in an AP investigative series on slavery in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. Some of our reporting earlier this year resulted in more than 2,000 slaves being freed and returned to their families, many of them in nearby Myanmar.
Here’s our latest story, on slaves peeling shrimp: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8f64fb25931242a985bc30e3f5a9a0b2/ap-global-supermarkets-selling-shrimp-peeled-slaves
And here’s my proof: https://twitter.com/mendozamartha/status/676409902680645632
These are some of our previous stories in this investigation, including video reports that feature footage of slave laborers inside cages and emotional reunions with family members:
AP Investigation: Slavery taints global supply of seafood: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/98053222a73e4b5dab9fb81a116d5854/ap-investigation-slavery-taints-global-supply-seafood
VIDEO: US Supply Chain Tainted by Slave-Caught Fish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgYgAVQG5lk
Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d8afe2a8447d4610b3293c119415bd4a/myanmar-fisherman-goes-home-after-22-years-slave
VIDEO: Tortured Fish Slave Returns Home After 22 Years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIVPKQV40G4
AP Exclusive: AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c2fe8406ff7145a8b484deae3f748aa5/ap-tracks-missing-slave-fishing-boats-papua-new-guinea
What do you want to know about slavery in the seafood industry, or about slave labor more generally? Ask me anything.
UPDATE: Thanks for all of the great questions. I've got to get to work on our next story. Stay tuned.