Frozen Shrimp Sold at Costco Tied to Company That Uses Slave Labor: Lawsuit

The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a California resident

August 19, 2015
NBC Bay Area

Bay Area activists have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that Costco is knowingly selling frozen shrimp tied to a company that uses slave labor.

Costco knows the farmed prawns it buys from Southeast Asia are linked to fishermen from Thailand who have been shackled, tortured or even murdered, activists claimed at a press conference held in Burlingame on Wednesday morning.

The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a California resident who cites state laws that aim to prevent companies from misleading customers about illegal behavior in the supply chain.

Attorney Anne Marie Murphy said the abused workers are on the ships which get the "trash fish" that's fed to the prawns.

“Trash fish is basically dredging everything up off the ocean, near the floor, all put together, and then ground into fish meal,” Murphy said. “So the slave labor portion of the chain is on the shipping, on the ships."

The law firm cites documentary films, investigative journalism, and United Nations reports, which document the practice... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)