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Thailand is turning to tech to help combat trafficking in the fishing industry
Thailand has adopted a few different measures, capitalizing on the help of technology to reduce labor trafficking in the fishing industry. For example, Thai vessels operating outside national waters are required to have satellite communications capability for workers to be able to contact their families or report problems at sea. Thailand is also rolling out a plan to use iris, facial, and fingerprint scans to record fishermen’s identities to make sure they are on the boats they are registered with and help inspectors spot trafficking victims. Satellites are also used to pinpoint the location of ships that remain at sea for long periods, potentially indicating enslavement. And authorities have started required worker payments to be made through bank transfers.
Some say technology helps, but that consumer pressure on companies to clean up supply chains and also the strengthening of worker rights through enforceable protections remains critical.
Source: VOA News
Chiang Rai Hosts Thai-Laos Trafficking Awareness Event
The Deputy Governor of Chiang Rai, Passakorn Bunyalak, presided over the opening ceremony of an anti-human trafficking event aimed to raise public awareness about human trafficking, including forced prostitution, beggars, and forced labor, which are violations to human rights. It was held at the Golden Triangle Observation Point in Chiang Saen district on Thursday, May 31st.
Source: Chiang Rai Times
Thai authorities starting a center to help Lao trafficking victims
Thailand is building a center to help Lao victims of human trafficking by providing training and information to them, helping them work in Thailand. Thai authorities are also providing support for employers or businesses that hire Lao workers, thus benefiting both employers and employees according to the laws of the two countries.
Source: Xin Hua Net
The Changing Face of Trafficking: Teens trafficking other teens
Thai authorities have spotted a new trend in trafficking: teenagers procuring other teens into sex work. Operating primarily through social media apps like Facebook and Line, teenagers have been preying on their age mates.
It’s particularly insidious as teens are likely to trust other kids more than they would adults. On the other hand, we should hope that these teens-turned-traffickers are not themselves victims of sexual exploitation, and that if they are, their circumstances would be taken into consideration when prosecuting their cases.
Source: Chiang Rai Times