Have You Been Eating Seafood Harvested By Slaves?

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Indonesian soldiers check a group of 69 rescued Thai fishermen before boarding a Thai military plane in Ambon airport in Maluku province on April 9, 2015 during their repatriation.

Associated Press National Writer Martha Mendoza discusses the AP’s yearlong investigation into slavery in the seafood industry. The men the AP interviewed in the Indonesian island village of Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish. Their catch was then shipped back to Thailand, where it entered the global stream of commerce. Tainted fish can wind up in the supply chains of some of America's major grocery stores, such as Kroger, Albertsons and Safeway; the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart; and the biggest food distributor, Sysco. It can find its way into the supply chains of some of the most popular brands of canned pet food, including Fancy Feast, Meow Mix and Iams. It can turn up as calamari at fine dining restaurants, as imitation crab in a California sushi roll or as packages of frozen snapper relabeled with store brands that land on our dinner tables. Since the initial report’s release, more than 300 slaves have been rescued.