Thailand hopeful of better ranking on human trafficking suppression


BANGKOK, Oct 19 – Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana was assigned to lead an ad-hoc committee to prepare a report on Thailand’s human trafficking suppression and attempt to tackle the problem.

The move was aimed at improving Thailand’s ranking on human trafficking by the US government.

A government spokesman said yesterday that Thailand would have to show the world community its determination to solve the human trafficking problem.

Thailand will be required to submit reports to the US government in November and February next year to be updated in the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report).

The TIP Report has kept Thailand on the Tier 2 watch list while the country has aimed for an upgrade to Tier 1.

The Thai government will soon impose human trafficking suppression as a key performance indication of every province, in an effort to build up confidence in the global community, said the spokesman.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will chair another meeting on November 4 to follow up on the Thai anti-human trafficking report before having it submitted to the US government.