Panel Discussion and Release of “The True Cost of Shrimp”

Panel Discussion and Release of “The True Cost of Shrimp”

22 April 2008

Panel Discussion and Release of “The True Cost of Shrimp”

Co-Hosted by The Honorable Carolyn Maloney, U.S. House of Representatives

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Room 1116
Longworth House Office Building

Ellie Larson, Exec. Dir., Solidarity Center
Featured Speakers:

Ambassador Mark Lagon, Dir. of Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State

Timothy Ryan, Director for Asia and Eastern Europe, Solidarity Center

Alison Friedman, Exec. Dir., Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking and Member, Action Group to End Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

In the last 30 years, technology has revolutionized shrimp production into a $13 billion global industry. Shrimp is the most population and widely traded seafood in the world. But the drive to make a product for the world market quickly and cheaply leaves a trail of abuse, misery, and damaged lives. The true cost of shrimp is not what is seen on a supermarket price tag or restaurant menu. The research in this report, the second in the Solidarity Center’s Degradation of Work series, uncovers pervasive worker and human rights violations such as low-wage sweatshop conditions, use of child and forced labor, and global supply chains that drive wages down and hide the exploitation of workers.

Read the report

Source: Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO