Phuket 'Getting Tough' on Trafficking and Illegal Labour Issues

Slave labour aboard Thai fishing boats is not unknown. Photo Arnie Grever [The Phuket News]

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET – Following the US State Department downgrading Thailand to a Tier 3 ranking – the lowest – in its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, Phuket has set up a committee to work on illegal foreign labour suppression and management.

The announcement came from Governor, Nisit Jansomwong, following instructions from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to adhere urgently to the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) or face consequences that could effect the country.

“We cannot simply arrest illegal labourers as we usually do. It is not the only way to solve the problem,” said the governor.

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