Positive reception to idea of prisoners working in fishing industry

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BANGKOK, Nov 2  — An idea raised by Labour Minister Gen Surasak Karnjanarat to have recently released prisoners or those to be soon released work in the fishing industry is a fine idea, said Permanent Secretary for Justice Pol Gen Chatchawal Suksomjit on Saturday. 

The Justice Ministry already has a policy to offer opportunities to prisoners who are to be released or already released to return to live normally in the society.

If they have experience in working in the fishing industry and are willing to work in the field, it could help solve the current shortage of fishermen, said Pol Gen Chatchawal.

Besides helping them to turn to a new life, they could help solve human trafficking problem because many fishermen had been lured into forced labour by agents, he said.

Pol Gen Chatchawal said he would consult with his counterpart at the Labour Ministry on the issue.