#AceNewsReport – Dec.15: An investigation follows the trail of shrimp prepared by captive workers in squalid factories into the supply chain for food outlets in the US, Asia and Europe
Every morning at 2am, they heard a kick on the door and a threat: get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No 31 and his wife stood in the factory with their aching hands in ice water. They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp bound for overseas markets, including grocery stores and all-you-can-eat buffets across the US.
After being sold to the Gig Peeling Factory, the couple were at the mercy of their Thai bosses, trapped with nearly 100 other Burmese migrants.
Children worked alongside them, including a girl so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table.
Some had been there for months, even years, getting little or no pay. At all times, someone was watching.
Guardian Special Report