The government hopes to improve Thailand’s position in the United States’ Trafficking in Persons report.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon on Wednesday presided over a meeting of the government committee on the prevention and suppression of human trafficking. The objective was to follow up on the progress to improve Thailand’s status on the US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. He urged related agencies to follow the recommendations provided in the 2022 Interim Assessment Report given to 45 countries in the Tier 2 watchlist.
According to deputy secretary-general to the prime minister Pol Gen Thammasak Witchayara, the government is currently establishing a trafficking victims screening center with cooperation from the Immigration Bureau, the Royal Thai Police Headquarters, the Labour Ministry, and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. The center will create a system that connects to the international human trafficking database, ensuring that victims receive legal services in accordance with international human rights standards. He said that the project is already around 80% complete, with renovations and necessary equipment being installed at the facility.
Thailand was demoted from Tier 2 to Tier 2 Watchlist in 2021. The government hopes that its efforts to combat human trafficking would allow Thailand to be reinstated on the Tier 2 list in 2022. (NNT)