Thailand & Laos discuss anti-human trafficking campaign

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UBON RATCHATHANI, 9 July 2015 – Thai and international anti-human trafficking agencies have convened a meeting to discuss ways to bolster efforts against human trade along the border.

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Alliance Anti-Trafic non-governmental organization met to discuss the progress of and obstacles to the anti-human trade campaign in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province and Laos’ Champasak province.

According to the ministry, the trafficking of women and children usually involves some form of exploitation, while the trafficking of men generally results in forced labor in the fishing industry. Thai and Laotian authorities have continued to cooperate in solving these problems.

Aside from briefing these agencies on the progress of the anti-human trafficking campaign, the meeting is expected to expand the scope of collaboration between Thai and Laotian enforcement units, thereby boosting the efficiency of their operations.