Labor steps up measures on human trafficking


BANGKOK, 18 July 2014  – The Ministry of Labor has met with concerned parties in order to find solutions to the country’s human trafficking problems after the US demoted Thailand for abysmal human trafficking records last month. 

According to M.L. Puntarig Samithi, the Labor Permanent secretary, the meeting has come up with measures to deal with Thailand’s chronic human trafficking, which call for greater cooperation among concerned parties on four issues: Enhancing transparency of immigrant labor system, frequent inspecting of workplaces and trawlers, amending laws to be more efficient and increasing confidence of foreign countries in Thailand’s determination and its measures to solve the problems.

The sector with the severest problem of human trafficking is the fishing industry. The ministry is in the process of amending laws and regulations governing operators and workers in the industry to prevent human trafficking. In addition, seven provinces have set up centers to focus on preventing migrant labors from being exploited.

The ministry and other units will on August 1 hold a public forum to clarify its stance and measures on the issue of human trafficking.