Government to report progress in tackling human trafficking next week

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BANGKOK – The government is scheduled to publicize the progress of its anti-human trafficking efforts on Monday before an official report is sent to the United States for consideration.

After chairing a meeting of the committee on the prevention and suppression of human trafficking, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said the attendants discussed the situation of human trafficking in Thailand and preparations being made prior to the US’s release of its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

The deputy premier revealed that, on January 11, a press conference will be held to allow all related agencies will present the results of their anti-human trafficking operations, including those concerning illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Following the event, a report on the matter will be submitted to the Prime Minister for review on January 13 before being forwarded to US authorities on January 19.

The report will be factored into the TIP Report 2016, which will come out later this year. With the improvements made so far, Gen Prawit expressed hope that Thailand will this time be removed from the Tier 3 Watch List. He affirmed that all involved units have been doing their best to eradicate the human trafficking problem in the country.