Fishing Scandal—Thailand’s Audaciously Insufficient Tech Response

Thailand’s billion dollar fishing industry is rife with human rights violators who maintain horrific on-board conditions, withhold wages, and engage in human trafficking of foreign workers who may not know their rights. After threats of sanctions from the EU and the US State Department, Thailand is investing in high-tech solutions like satellite surveillance and iris scans to curtail violations.

But technology alone can’t eradicate violators and the government’s reliance on it is troublesome to worker’s rights groups. “It has become an excuse the government is using to justify they have done something,” says Patima Tungpuchayakul, co-founder of Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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