Thailand downgraded in US human trafficking report

The United States has downgraded Thailand’s attempts to tackle human trafficking, with the use of forced labour a major concern.

The latest US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report demotes Thailand from Tier 2 to the Tier 2 Watchlist for the first time in four years.

The report said less effort had been demonstrated in combatting the problem, with forced migrant labour among Washington’s main concerns.

“The government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period, even considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its anti-trafficking capacity,” the report said.

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Bangkok Post Reporter