BANGKOK – Thailand remains on the watch list of the US on human trafficking for the fourth time in as many years. According to The Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), Asian countries, including Thailand, are homes to some of the worst illegal human traffickers.
Thailand is once again placed on the Tier 2 Watch list for its lack of compliance with human trafficking laws. It is the fourth consecutive year that Thailand has been placed on this list. According to Director-General of the Department of American and South Pacific Affairs Sek Wannamethee, the US is still concerned over Thailand’s measures in dealing with the human trafficking problems and the slow process in bringing those traffickers to justice; considering the number of those arrested and found guilty of such crime is very small compared to the number of cases pending in court.
The director said he had discussed the matter with the Office of the Judiciary, requesting that it speed up the trial process in human trafficking cases, given that Thailand would have to submit to the US a report of its achievement in tackling human trafficking in November and January of next year. He also disclosed that a US official would pay him a visit in August to discuss the issue.
The director has also instructed all human-trafficking related agencies to keep their eyes open, especially after the establishment of Asean Community, during which the number of human trafficking cases will likely increase and the crime will be committed much easier.
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