Thailand Remains At Tier 2 Watch List Level On Trafficking In Persons Report For 2012

Thailand Remains At Tier 2 Watch List Level On Trafficking In Persons Report For 2012
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No improvement form the Thai Government this year so they will remain on the U.S. State Department shit list for human trafficking.

But, Thailand lucked out because the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) posted an article minutes before the official release of the Trafficking in Persons Report for 2012 worried that Thailand would drop to the bottom – Level 3.

Had DSI’s prediction come true, Thailand would have been in some serious hot water with major sanctions imposed.  Instead, Thailand remains at Tier 2 Watch List Human Trafficking level – just like they were last year.  So, what does that mean.  From the State Department web site:

TIER 2 WATCH LIST

Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards AND:

a) ?The absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing;

b) ?There is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year; or

c) ?The determination that a country is making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with minimum standards was based on commitments by the country ?to take additional future steps over the next year.

Here is why:

Thailand is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Victims from neighboring countries, as well as from China, Vietnam, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Fiji, migrate willingly to Thailand for various reasons including to flee conditions of poverty; individuals from Burma, who make up the bulk of migrants in Thailand, seek economic opportunity. The majority of the trafficking victims identified within Thailand are migrants from Thailand’s neighboring countries who are forced, coerced, or defrauded into labor or commercial sexual exploitation or children placed in the sex trade; conservative estimates have this population numbering in the tens of thousands of victims.

And, the Thai Government does nothing about it.

The Government of Thailand does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government has not shown evidence of increasing efforts to address human trafficking compared to the previous year; therefore, Thailand is placed on Tier 2 Watch List for a third consecutive year. Thailand was granted a waiver from an otherwise required downgrade to Tier 3 because its government has a written plan that, if implemented, would constitute making significant efforts to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is devoting sufficient resources to implement that plan.

So, they have a plan but will it be implemented?  If not, Thailand will definitely be downgraded next year.

Corruption remained widespread among Thai law enforcement personnel, creating an enabling environment for human trafficking to prosper. Allegations of trafficking-related corruption persisted during the year, including in cases of sex trafficking and forced labor of migrants. There were credible reports that officials protected brothels, other commercial sex venues, and seafood and sweatshop facilities from raids and inspections, and that some officials engaged in commercial sex acts with child trafficking victims. In addition to well-known corruption of local-level police officers, there were also protective relationships between central-level specialist police officers and the trafficking hot-spot regions to which they were assigned. There was no information indicating tolerance for trafficking at an institutional level. In 2011, DSI initiated three investigations of local law enforcement officials for taking bribes to protect brothels that harbored child sex trafficking victims; no disciplinary action was taken against any officials during the year, however, and these investigations remain ongoing.

And, corruption is the main theme that prevents Thailand from moving up the list and joining the First World countries.

Maybe this is something that the Ministry of Culture should work on instead of worrying about some bare titties on TV.

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