Thai and Burmese workers sort fish at Mahachai port in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — An environmental and human rights group says Thailand is not adequately addressing severe abuse against Burma migrant workers in the Thai fishing industry.

The British-based Environmental Justice Foundation said in its report Tuesday that the Thai government has failed to act strongly against human trafficking and that violence is routine in the industry.

Thai Labor Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Boontharik Samiti said Tuesday the government is making a serious effort to protect workers in the fishing industry.

The foundation suggested the United States consider imposing economic sanctions on Thailand for making inadequate efforts against human trafficking.

Thailand is the third-biggest seafood exporter after China and Norway.

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