The rights group listed abuses at sea including torture, chaining of workers and killings of those who seek to escape illegal fishing vessels, known as ghost ships. Find a selection of high-quality Seafood products at Costco Business Center for delivery to your business.

Fishing companies that must go farther out to sea to catch cheap fish can no longer make a profit if they pay workers. In her lawsuit, Ms Sud cited news reports, documentaries and reports by London-based Environmental Justice Foundation.

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Costco's purchases of Thailand's farmed prawns, which are fed a diet of cheap fish caught at sea with unpaid, forced labour, helps prop up an industry whose practices are ignored by local authorities, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in San Francisco federal court.

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A total of 1,201 foreign tourists were reported in October after a ban in April aimed at averting coronavirus outbreaks, as the country gradually opens up to a select number of visitors to help its struggling, tourism-reliant economy. Richard Galanti, a spokesman for Issaquah, Washington-based Costco, said in a statement that the company has been working closely with the Thai government, the Thai fishing industry and other retailers "to address the issues that have surfaced" over the past year.

The lawsuit also names as a defendant the US distributor of the prawns, Columbia, Maryland-based CP Food Products Inc., and the company's Thailand-based parent company, Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl, a "global conglomerate.'". In its annual report examining human trafficking in 188 countries, the US State Department in July cited concerns about labour condittions in Thailand's fishing industry and faulted the Thai government's record in fighting exploitation.

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Delivery is included in our price. The Thai fishing industry, which extends into international waters around Indonesia, employs more than 650,000 people, mostly migrants who enter Thailand looking for work or who are taken there against their will, the lawyers said. The price is the equivalent of just over 300 baht.

As a purchaser of shrimp from Costco, she seeks class action status on behalf of similar California consumers. She cited state laws that bar companies from making false claims about illegal conduct in their supply chain, including human rights violations. ", A Costco-sponsored advert on an internet site pushes a sale of CP shrimp products. The cooperation will continue, Galanti said, and any consumers who are dissatisfied with a Costco product "can return the item for a full refund. bags of Certified Wild, Product of USA Shrimp; 21-30 shrimp per lb.

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"Costco publicly represents that it does not tolerate human trafficking and slavery in its supply chain, yet it continues to purchase the tainted farmed prawns from defendant CP Foods," according to the complaint. "California consumers are unknowingly supporting slave labour.". Its comparable-store sales jumped 6% in its most recently reported quarter, and its profit topped analysts' estimates. A California woman, Monica Sud, filed what may be the first such lawsuit against the retailer over liability for the Thai fishing industry.

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Costco's relationship with CP Foods contradicts its public statements about slavery in the company's supply chain, according to the complaint. It also seeks to compensate purchasers of the shrimp products.

"Any representation by Costco that slavery in the supply chain is not allowed is simply false.". Shop our latest collection of Fresh Fish & Seafood at The lawsuit seeks an injunction barring Costco from selling products tainted by slave labour and requiring it to disclose tainted products in its supply chain.

The situation may be a result of overfishing around Thailand, and the thin profit margins on farmed fish, the lawyers contend.