Foreign Minister: Thailand to continue tackling human-trafficking problem in spite of U.S. assessment

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BANGKOK, 15 April 2015 – The Foreign Minister has assured that Thailand will continue to fight human-trafficking no matter how the U.S. will assess the country’s efforts.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn said that Thailand has already sent its latest report on the progress on the tackling of human-trafficking problems to the U.S. at the end of March.

Gen. Tanasak said that the report was in response to the U.S. government’s earlier downgrade of the country’s ranking on its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report to Tier 3 — the lowest level shared by such countries as North Korea, Cuba and Iran.

He assured that, no matter how the latest assessment will turn out, Thailand is determined to do its best to solve this problem for humanitarian and national security reasons.

The Foreign Minister added that, after the downgrade, Thailand has inquired assistance from the U.S. to send its specialist to help solve the problem effectively although such a request is yet to be responded.