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Human trafficking-fuelled scams surge in Myanmar

Human trafficking in the form of forced labour carried out by on-line scammers has significantly intensified in Myanmar and some other neighbouring countries, raising concerns among authorities and non-governmental agencies…

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Child rights advocate charged with human trafficking in Thailand

Secretary-General of the Child Protection Foundation, Montri Sinthaweechai, aka “Khru Yun”, acknowledged a human trafficking charge today (Friday), filed against him by Amphawa district police. The long-time child rights advocate…

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Chinese man in custody on human trafficking charges

Thai police from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) have arrested a Chinese man who is alleged to be a leading member of a multi-national organised crime gang, which lures…

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Retired teacher detained for allegedly procuring underage girls for prostitution

Police from Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) have arrested a retired teacher, who is accused of procuring young girls for local politicians and officials in the north-eastern province of…

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Specially trained dog supporting Thai police in human trafficking and sexual abuse of children cases

Thai police dealing with human trafficking and sexual abuse of children cases have recently been provided with some extra help, in the form of a two-year-old Labrador Retriever sniffer dog,…

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Man held for questioning after undocumented migrant workers die in road accident

Police in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat are holding a Thai man for questioning, to try to establish his connection with a human trafficking gang responsible for smuggling…

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Thailand hopes to be removed from Tier 2 Watch List in US trafficking report

Thai police hope that the US State Department will remove Thailand from Tier 2 Watch List category in the Trafficking in Persons Report for 2022, due to improved performance in…

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DPM Prawit, police, military deny interference in Rohingya trafficking probe

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, as well as spokespeople for the police and Defence Ministry, have dismissed an allegation, by exiled Pol Maj Gen Paween Pongsirin, former deputy commissioner of…

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Paween Pongsirin: Exiled police investigator puts Thai authorities in trafficking spotlight

More than six years after he fled Thailand to live in exile in Australia, Pol Maj-General Paween Pongsirin is back under the media spotlight. His role as chief investigator of…

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Quote of the week

#Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in response to a former senior police officer’s claim that he left Thailand because he feared for his life following a massive human trafficking investigation….

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Honorary doctorate proposed for exiled cop for human trafficking investigation in Thailand

Chulalongkorn University’s Office of the Student Affairs has announced that it will propose that an honorary doctorate in public administration from the university be conferred upon exiled Pol Maj-Gen Paween…

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Pickers of the Bayaka pygmy traditional medicine, shows berries supposed to have medicinal properties, picked in the equatorial forest, in Bayanga, on March 13, 2020. – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the authorities of the Dzanga-Sangha Park have been pushing pygmies into the forests. The displeases farmers take advantage of the pygmies to get free or very low paid labour for illegal diamond mines and agricultural fields. (Photo by FLORENT VERGNES / AFP)

Thai berry pickers and Finnish justice

A long story about the plight of 26 Thai berry pickers in Finland published on BBC Thai was a sad one, but with a just ending, as the Finnish Supreme Court reached…

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This handout photo from the Royal Thai Army taken in late April 2021 and released on May 3, 2021 shows military personnel detaining illegal immigrants in an undisclosed location near the border areas between Thailand and neighbouring countries

Influx of illegal immigrants to Thailand prompts COVID concerns

Thai authorities have been asked to increase field checks on factories and businesses, to make sure that they hire properly registered and fully vaccinated migrant workers from neighbouring countries, to…

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Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the deputy national police chief

20 police and 10 officials implicated in trafficking illegal workers from Myanmar

About 20 police officers and 10 officials from other state agencies are suspected of being involved in the smuggling of illegal migrant workers from Myanmar into Thailand, said Pol Gen…

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Police hunt for mastermind behind alleged trafficking of Rohingya to Malaysia

Police are looking for a man suspected of masterminding the trafficking of 65 Rohingya from Myanmar to Malaysia by boat. Their modified fishing boat broke down and beached on Rawi…

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