Shrimp peelers and fish gutters


(Photo shared by Burma Election 2010)

New York Times has an article about Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to Mahachai, Thailand, where many Burmese migrants work as shrimp peelers and fish gutters.

In Mahachai, workers gut fish and peel shrimp for 300 baht, or about $10, a day. Much of the nearly 580 tons of shrimp exported from Thailand every day passes through their hands and ends up in supermarkets in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Workers at the King Fisher factory peel shrimp in vast quantities. Depending on the size of the shrimp, each worker goes through about 11 to 33 pounds an hour.

Aung San Suu Kyi wished the best for them.

"May you prosper with health, wealth and be free from danger," Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi said before leaving Wednesday. "And may you be able to come home soon."
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