Slavery in the Waters of Thailand
In the beauty of the sea, there is a treacherous reality.
The 7-billion-dollar Thai fishing industry employs hundreds of thousands on boats across international waters and on land in processing facilities. Some of the many fishermen at sea have been lured in by the false promise of a good-paying job.
Instead, they’re sold to boat captains and forced to take on non-stop, perilous work. Back home, their families are left to wonder if they’ll ever return.
To combat this particularly heinous form of slavery, IJM is partnering with the Walmart Foundation and the Thai government to bring each and every one of these men home to their families.
Will you join us?
In our study of Thailand’s labor trafficking conducted in 2016, we found:
Only 13% reported fair labor conditions at sea
Life can be incredibly dangerous for the surveyed migrant workers, with only 13% reporting fair labor conditions at sea.
16 Hour Days
Nearly 75% of fishermen surveyed reported working at least 16 hours a day. 89% of them received less than minimum wage.
Making only $166.80/month
Their average monthly pay was equivalent to $166.80/month. 76% of fishermen surveyed had debts before they even began their work.