MAST is a new initiative aimed at Southeast Asia’s seafood business to eliminate human trafficking and all other forms of forced labor…
This article explains that it was started by human rights and labor advocate Sompong Srakaew who says, “MAST will continue the work of reforming Thai fisheries to eliminate human trafficking and all other forms of forced labor, as well as illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing practices. We will work together with civil society, industry, and governments to help put an end to these abuses.”
Mr. Sompong’s LPN, founded in 2004, has advocated for migrant worker rights, conducted raids to free migrant workers in forced labor situations, and helped strengthen The Kingdom of Thailand’s human trafficking laws. As LPN’s founder, Mr. Sompong was recognized by the U.S. State Department with a Trafficking in Persons Hero Award in 2008 for his efforts to combat modern day slavery and improve the lives of migrant workers in Thailand.
Two major goals include a Thai fishermen;s union as well as a center at the ports that offer shelter and food and healthcare. It should serve as a watchdog as well as increase public awareness of the deplorable working conditions of migrant workers.
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