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Thailand enlists industry groups in slavery blacklist effort

Thailand stepped up efforts to tackle modern slavery on Monday, with a dozen industry associations signing pacts to rid their supply chains of child and forced labour as part of a government drive to get several key exports taken off a U.S. blacklist.The businesses pledged ...

Migrant school closures fuel child labour in Thai seafood industry

Chit Su has been stuck at home peeling crabs with her grandmother since her school for Burmese migrants closed last year in southern Thailand. Even working together, they make less than a daily minimum wage.Ten such schools in Ranong province shut after an August 2019 ...

Migrants seek to return to Thailand after lockdown

With the introduction of Phase 6 of easing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, businesses have reopened and begun hiring, but migrant workers, who went home and waited for outbreak to end, now find themselves on the outside looking in, unable to reenter the kingdom and get back ...

Thailand tightens borders over fears of second wave of coronavirus

Thailand ordered security stepped up at its land borders on Monday after concerns surged over a possible second wave of coronavirus infections, following the arrests of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month.Since the start of June, authorities have arrested 3,000 migrant workers for ...

Human trafficking report 'ready'

Thailand has put together a report on its progress in combating human trafficking cases over the past year and plans to submit it to the US Department of State by early next month.Maj Gen Phatchasak Patirupanon, assistant to the spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Prawit ...

Wassana Nanuam

As many as ‘100,000’ Thai labourers could be returning from South Korea

The number of Thai labourers returning from South Korea might reach 100,000 as some have been illegally working in that country, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Public Health Ministry spokesman Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said, requesting all Thais in South Korea to call hotline 1422 and enter ...

The Nation Reporter

Record number of trafficking victims strains resources

Thailand rescued a record 1,807 victims of human trafficking last year, according to data that campaigners on Monday said raised concerns about the nation’s ability to support survivors.The number of victims soared from 622 in 2018, while the previous high was 982 in 2015, the ...

Major brands found failing to help Thai seafood sector tackle slavery

Efforts to protect Thai seafood workers from labor exploitation and modern slavery risk stalling as most international brands and retailers refuse to pay their suppliers more to comply with new anti-slavery policies, researchers said on Wednesday.Thai seafood suppliers are struggling with rising production costs as ...

Nanchanok Wongsamuth

Convicted human traffickers ignore 99% of court orders in Thailand

Human traffickers in Thailand have ignored court orders to pay compensation to victims in more than the 99% of convicted cases in recent years. The flouting of the court orders is fuelling fears that many survivors could be victimised again.Thai courts have ordered traffickers to ...

Greeley Pulitzer

Human traffickers flout 99% of court orders to compensate their victims

Human traffickers in Thailand have ignored court orders to compensate victims in more than 99% of cases in recent years, fuelling fears that many survivors could be re-trafficked, data obtained exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed.Keep reading ...

Nanchanok Wongsamuth

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