Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thai Ministry Proposes Anti-Trafficking Day

By Penchan Charoensuthipan

From the Bangkok Post:

Thailand- The Social Development and Human Security Ministry will ask the cabinet to declare June 5 National Anti-Human Trafficking Day. The date is when a new anti-human trafficking law comes into effect.

Panita Kamphu na Ayutthaya, director-general of the ministry's social development and welfare department, said yesterday that the ministry would seek a green light from the cabinet to make June 5 National Anti-Human Trafficking Day.

The ministry will also kick off its serious campaigns against human trafficking on that day. The new anti-human trafficking law will help women, children and men who have become victims of prostitution, pornography, sexual abuse, forced labour and forced organ trade. It intensifies punishment against traffickers, spares victims from prosecution, provides victims with legal rehabilitation and conceals their identities and those of their families.

Saisuree Chutikul, an activist against trafficking in children and women, said concerned officials would have to enforce the new law effectively as they had been poor at nailing traffickers.

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