Some 200,000 Burmese migrant workers work in Thailand's fish and seafood industry. The Solidarity Center helps migrant workers know and exercise their rights by supporting local resource centers that provide a variety of services.
Burmese migrant workers at the Pae Pla Pier in Mahachai, Thailand, earn between 300 to 600 Thai baht--or 9 to 18 dollars--per day for hauling barrels of fish from fishing trawlers and loading them on to seafood trucks. An estimated 200,000 Burmese migrants fuel Thailand’s huge fishing industry in this area known as “Little Burma” located in Samut Sakhon province, one hour outside of Bangkok. The majority of these workers are ethnic H'mong from farming villages in southern Burma. They remit their salaries to support their families back home. Many workers do not hold legal documents and are vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers and lack access to legal protection. Solidarity Center/Jeanne Hallacy. 2014.