Thai minister wants country taken off U.S human trafficking watch list


BANGKOK: Newly-appointed Labour Minister Chalerm Yubamrung wants to see Thailand removed from the U.S. State Department's human trafficking watch list and resolve child labour, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Chalerm, in announcing this to senior officials of the Labour Ministry on Monday, said he is keen to have Thailand withdrawn from the Tier 2 Watch List category and will seek police assistance to curb human trafficking in the country.

Permanent Secretary for Labour Dr. Somkiat Chayasriwong said Thailand was accused of human trafficking in three major areas: forced labour in fishery, child labour abuse in shrimp peeling and garment production, and unfair charges for Thai workers seeking jobs overseas.

Chalerm said he will meet shrimp-peeling operators and fishing operators in Samut Sakhon this week to discuss child labour abuse and forced labour aboard fishing boats.

Later in the month, he will visit Samut Prakan province and hold meetings with relevant operators nationwide to discuss child labour and forced labour issues. --BERNAMA

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