Canned Tuna - Slave Labor
Hagens Berman has filed California lawsuits against Chicken of the Sea, Bumblebee and StarKist for practices of importing fish from suppliers who use slave labor. Specifically, these companies import tuna from a Thailand-based company called Thai Union Frozen Products PCL. Thai Union imports more than 28 million pounds of seafood-based products for top brands sold in America – some ingredients of which were obtained through slave labor.
These companies have hidden this fact from consumers, tricking millions of purchasers into supporting and encouraging slave labor.
Often trafficked from Thailand’s poorer neighbors such as Cambodia and Burma, men and boys are sold to fishing boat captains needing crews to man the fishing boats employed by Thai Union. The work is dangerous and exhausting with shifts lasting up to 20 hours a day with little or no pay, with refusal or failure to work to a supervisor’s satisfaction resulting in beatings or even death.
Hagens Berman believes that consumers should have been made aware of these gross human rights violations by these food companies.
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