Thailand: Children in construction industry suffer abuse, lack of healthcare & education; women are paid less, exposed to safety risks says UN

Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Bangkok Post, Published on: 30 March 2018

"Migrant construction workers' children exposed to violence: UN", 29 March 2018

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Women migrant construction workers and their children in Thailand are exposed to violence and abuse in hazardous living conditions, the United Nations said....

...Besides physical abuse and limited access to healthcare and education, the 60,000 or more migrant children living in construction site camps are particularly vulnerable to child labour....

...Nearly a third of the children surveyed said they had started working before turning 15, the legal minimum age. Almost 90% had suffered some form of physical violence.

...Construction is the top employer of migrant workers, with women from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos making up about 40%....

They are a rarity in an industry generally dominated by men. But they are paid less than men, get few maternity or childcare benefits, and are more exposed to safety risks, the ILO said.

Families live in refashioned containers or flimsy shacks of tin and plywood at the sites, with poor sanitation and limited access to potable water, according to the survey of 119 migrant parents and children in 21 sites in northern Thailand.

More than 40% of mothers said they had experienced some form of abuse or physical violence....

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