Human trafficking victims to be allowed to work temporarily in Thailand


BANGKOK, 15 May 2013 Migrant workers, who were once victims of human trafficking, will likely be exempted from paying employment fee to work in Thailand under the new draft law currently being considered. 

Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap said the law, once approved by the Council of State, will allow illegal aliens, who were human trafficking victims, to work as laborers and housekeepers before they are repatriated. Upon gaining a temporary employment in the Kingdom, they will also be exempted from the employment fee.

The law will be enforced as soon as the Council of State gives it a nod. Only illegal migrants, proven to have been forced to work against their will, will be entitled to benefit from this law. Migrant workers are generally required to pay 1,800 for the fee and more for the renewal of their work permits.