The stunning report says workers were beaten, paid nearly zero, and forced into 20 hour work days to fill the quota of seafood needed.
Other workers say they have seen friends killed and tortured on-board Thai ships working at sea.
The US State Department has been watching and say the country of Thailand is where a great deal of the problem occurs.
The Environmental Justice Foundation reports “this is not an isolated case, but indicative of the widespread acceptance and use of modern slavery in an industry that feeds a global appetite for seafood."
Thailand is considered a “Tier 2” country for human trafficking by the US. A move placing them at Tier 3 might be enough to jeopardize the amount of fish purchased from the nation.
That’s problematic because the United States is the biggest buyer of fish from Thailand, topping $1.8 billion. That spurred the State Department to take notice of conditions there.
Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited the country where officials there promised to take action and pleaded with Kerry to not change Thailand's status.