US officials observe illegal fishing and human trafficking countermeasures in Thailand


SAMUT SAKHON – Representatives from the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons have visited Samut Sakhon province to observe Thailand’s progress on illegal fishing and human trafficking prevention. 

Captain Wasin Sasrida, head of Policy and Planning at the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Center 1, led a team of officials from the United States as well as the Command Center for Combating Illegal Fishing to the Port In-Port Out Controlling Center in Samut Sakhon.

They observed how the center operates and how fishery workers were treated at the nearby fish market. Captain Wasin claimed that the American representatives now have had a better understanding of the recruitment process for workers and their living conditions.

He added later that the US officials were pleased to see that no workers were being exploited.