The Sept. 22 news article “In Thai shrimp sheds, exploited labor” unfairly sensationalized the issue of migrant labor in Thailand. Improving the welfare of migrant workers and combating human trafficking are high on Thailand’s agenda.
Through migrant-worker registration over the past several years, our law enforcers have become more aware of where these workers are and what risks they face. The Ministry of Labor inspects at-risk workplaces regularly and is working to raise awareness about the dangers of trafficking. The U.S. Labor Department has funded a project through the International Labor Organization to combat the worst forms of child labor in the shrimp- and seafood-processing areas of Thailand. After surveying four provinces at risk, few instances of child labor have been found.