In a recent report, it was found that forced labor is being used in Thailand to supply companies such as Wal-Mart and Red Lobster with shrimp. Per this report, the conditions were what amounted to modern slavery:
"The Gig Peeling Factory, nearly 100 Burmese laborers were trapped, most working for almost nothing. They spent 16 hours a day with their aching hands in ice water, ripping the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp. One girl was so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table. Some workers had been there for months, even years. Always, someone was watching."
If there is any doubt why we need to support our local seafood industries in South Louisiana, this should clear it all up. As a proud Cajun and native of Iberia Parish, I can offer the following alternatives for purchasing of Louisiana seafood in this area.