Thai police upset by US human trafficking report


BANGKOK, June 23 — Thailand’s police are prepared to tackle human trafficking issues, especially in the fisheries industry and regarding illegal migrants, after the United States downgraded Thailand to the lowest ranking in its latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

Acting National Police Chief Pol Gen Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit expressed disappointment on Monday after the US State Department downgraded Thailand to a Tier 3 rating in the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report released last Friday.

He said the Thai police will review the Trafficking in Persons Report 2014 thoroughly and renew the effort to fight human trafficking problems, especially in the fisheries industry and among those involved in the illegal immigration of Rohingya Muslims and Xinjiang Uygur, in line with international human rights standards.

Gen Watcharapol added that the Thai police have also worked hard in combating against counterfeiting and pirated consumer goods to avoid being targeted by international governments which could affect the country’s overall economy.