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Royal Thai Police Drafting Guidelines to Tackle Human Trafficking

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BANGKOK – The Royal Thai Police is in the process of drafting its first-ever guidelines for law enforcers to handle human trafficking cases, as the government has set human trafficking as an urgent national agenda.

According to the Royal Thai Police, the guidelines will contain information given by experts during a workshop held earlier this year.

On Wednesday (May 9th), the Royal Thai Police organized a seminar to gather feedback on the draft guidelines and views of those who are familiar with the legal proceedings in connection with human trafficking cases.

The seminar was joined by Martin Reeve from the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) project, which is supported by the Australian government.

The AAPTIP has helped Thailand with preparing the draft guidelines, which have already taken into account common obstacles that police often run into when solving human trafficking cases.

Meanwhile, Executives of Customs and Immigration offices of the U.S. have visited the Samut Sakhon Fish Marketing Organization to inspect the Thai government’s solutions to human trafficking in the fishing industry.

Mrs. Brenda Smith Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Thailand and their entourage were briefed on the Thai government’s operations to prevent illegal labor and human trafficking, as well as the management of and trade in aquatic animals. Governor of Samut Sakhon Praphat Malakan also shared information with the group of U.S. officials.

The Samut Sakhon Fish Marketing Organization is the starting point of important fishery products in Thailand and a port in – port out control center.

The Samut Sakhon Governor, the chief of the provincial fisheries’ department as well as representatives of relevant units answered all questions asked by the U.S. officials in an effort to express Thailand’s determination to fight against human trafficking in the fishing sector.

By Supawadee Wangsri