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Almost every brand of tuna on supermarket shelves shows why modern slavery laws are needed

Vikram Bhakoo, Kate Nicholl, Miriam Wilhelm

Published : 2019


What is the chance the last tin of tuna you ate was made using slave labour? If it came from Thailand, the odds may be a lot higher than you imagine. We have tracked the journey of tuna from the seas around Thailand to Australian supermarket shelves. This included interviewing more than 50 people, including people entrapped into forced labour. In doing so, we have been able to assess whether brands can say their supply chains are slave-free. We believe just one brand of tinned tuna can confidently claim slavery is not involved in its supply. Though we cannot name that brand, due to ethical guidelines to ensure our research remains independent of commercial considerations, our results furt..

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