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Thailands Statement on the US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

28 July 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement referring to the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2015 that was released in Washington DC on Monday, 27 July 2015. In the report, Thailand is maintained in Tier 3 for the second consecutive year.
According to the statement, Thailand takes note of such an evaluation but believes that the placement of Thailand in Tier 3 does not accurately reflect the significant efforts undertaken by the Government and its partnership with private sector and civil society in making the tangible progress that has occurred on all fronts in the previous year.
Since August 2014, the Thai government has translated its genuine political will to combat human trafficking into practical policies, effective implementation, and concrete results:
On policy and policy implementation, the Government has (i) declared combating trafficking in persons a national priority, (ii) set up a Policy Committee on Combating Human Trafficking and Illegal Fishing, chaired by the Prime Minister, and five sub-committees, chaired by the Deputy Prime Ministers and relevant Ministers, and (iii) revised and enacted several laws and regulations including the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
On prosecution and law enforcement, relevant agencies intensified their efforts, which led to the crackdowns of trafficking syndicates as well as many arrests and punishments of high-ranking officials complicit in human trafficking.
On prevention, the holistic solution to address labor exploitation in the fishery sector was introduced in tandem with the expedited registration and legalization of more than 1.6 million illegal migrants. These policies provided them with legal protection and, therefore, reduced their vulnerability to human trafficking. On protection, victim identifications by multi-disciplinary teams and victim care have been improved.
On partnership, Thailand has played a leading role in forging bilateral and multilateral partnerships to ensure that this highly complex issue was addressed in a concerted manner and achieved the appropriate balance between human rights and security considerations.
Despite the tier ranking, the statement says that Thailand will continue to do its utmost to overcome the remaining challenges, while also promoting security and upholding its long and distinguished tradition of adherence to humanitarianism.
Thailand will also seek to further strengthen cooperation and partner with all stakeholders including private sector, civil society, international organizations and international community.
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