Labor Ministry check finds no illegals in Samae San fishing fleet

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More than 20 government and private-sector organizations inspected the fishing fleets of Sattahip’s Samae San Sub-district to look for human trafficking.

Deputy Labor Minister Gen Kithi Phatumat led the Jan. 21 delegation to the fishing town to check working conditions on fishing boats, marine operators and other businesses at the Suwit Pier.

A check of four boats found 140 workers with no illegal migrants and all had work permits.

Waranon Peethiwan, vice chairman of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare said, “New regulations and protection of workers on fishing boats are now issued and active, offering a more-enhanced measurement of foreign workers.”

More than 20 government and private-sector organizations inspected the fishing fleets of Sattahip’s Samae San Sub-district and found no sign of human trafficking.More than 20 government and private-sector organizations inspected the fishing fleets of Sattahip’s Samae San Sub-district and found no sign of human trafficking.

He said the rules, which require workers be at least 18, are registered as legal migrants and are documented on employers reports to the ministry “show other countries that we have enhanced our labor system and notify boat owners of the new regulations so they strictly follow the law.”

Inspections done over 10 days in 22 coastal provinces found no illegal workers, Waranon said.

Chonburi Deputy Gov. Chamnan Taerat said the province has more than 765 boats and 550 owners. Registered foreign crewmembers total 8,507, including 4,766 from Myanmar, 3,361 from Cambodia and 250 from Laos.