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24 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 227 (2017)


Hundreds of thousands of men and boys are trafficked and enslaved on long-haul fishing boats in the waters off the coast of Thailand. These captives endure physical and mental abuse, inhumane working conditions, meager sustenance, and little sleep as they are forced to catch fish used in products such as cat food. This Note will focus on whether a proposed Act-the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (BSCT)-would impact the issue of forced labor linked to the seafood industry in Thailand, and particularly the portion of the industry that supplies fish used in American brand cat foods. This Note conducts a case study focusing on Mars, Inc., to explore whether the BSCT would be effective. This Note concludes that legislation may not significantly impact this specific human rights abuse, but that an interrelated effort should be made to bring other interested parties into the solution-making process.