Thailand: Stakeholders create Fishermen Centre to prevent human trafficking in fisheries sector

Author: Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation, Published on: 18 December 2017

"Rights violations of migrant fishermen focus of new Fishermen's Centre", 18 December 2017

Key stakeholders have joined forces to tackle human trafficking in the fishing industry by creating a Fishermen Centre, to provide assistance to industry labourers.

…The new Centre would work to monitor and prevent human trafficking in the fisheries sector.

The Samut Sakhon-based Centre is to be operated by the public sector with the involvement of migrant workers and the business sector. Its mandate includes promoting the understanding of relevant laws and worker’s rights affecting the fishing industry and empowering workers to prevent rights violations and personal abuse.

…Thailand continued to face major issues related to migrant workers, including the use of slave labour in the fishing industry, child labour, and human trafficking.

…migrant workers are prone to being taken advantage of by agents.

As well, many workers in the fishing industry have lacked access to justice and a system of rights protection, because there was no central agency to receive, deal, and support them with their problems.

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