Thailand made headlines last year when mass graves were found holding victims of human trafficking. The investigation led to the discovery of a vast network of those complicit, including government officials. This month marks the beginning of the monumental trial, in which 92 defendants are being tried for their alleged responsibility in perpetuating trafficking of humans and abuse. The first witness gave testimony earlier this month, and the trial is expected to last about a year.
The Thai government is hoping that their expansive crackdown on human trafficking, of which this trial is a huge part, will provide evidence of their seriousness in dealing with the problem and that it will lead to an upgrade in the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
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