by Kit Daniels
December 14, 2015
to join trade agreement TPP
long after the White House invited Thailand to join the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the AP reported the country was
relying on slave labor to ship shrimp to the U.S.
And it's unlikely Thailand's
billion-dollar slave industry would prevent it from joining the TPP
considering that Obama previously removed an anti-slavery provision
from the TPP and also allowed Vietnam to join the partnership
despite its flourishing slave trade.
"For… 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife
stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in
ice water," the AP
"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 United
"After being sold to the Gig Peeling
Factory, they were at the mercy of their Thai bosses, trapped
with nearly 100 other Burmese migrants."
It was only in Oct. that the
administration invited Thailand to join the TPP "with open arms."
"The United States 'would welcome
with open arms' Thailand's ruling junta wanting the country to
participate in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
trade pact without waiting for the return of a full democratic
government to the country, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador
to Thailand said," the Bangkok Post
Thailand has been under a military
dictatorship with severe restrictions on free speech since 2014, and
if that won't stop the White House from inviting the country to join
the TPP, the slavery in Thailand won't either.
Remember it was President
quietly removed an anti-slavery provision from the TPP
in June while he was publicly attacking
the Confederate flag as a
"symbol of slavery."
"The provision, which bars countries
that engage in slavery from being part of major trade deals with
the U.S., was written by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)," the
reported in May.
"At the insistence of the White
House, Menendez agreed to modify his language to say that as
long as a country is taking 'concrete' steps toward reducing
human trafficking and forced labor, it can be part of a trade