Thailand on human trafficking watch list

15 06 2010

Some days ago PPT posted on Senator Jim Webb’s public plea to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to keep Thailand off the human trafficking watch list, linking this to issues related to recent political events.

AFP reports that the plea was not fulfilled, and Thailand was placed on a human trafficking watch list, accused o”f failing to prevent women from being forced into prostitution.” The State Department “said that Thailand was a source, destination and transit point for trafficking, with ethnic minorities and citizens of neighboring countries at particular risk of sexual abuse or forced labor.”

According to AFP, the “move opens the way for the United States to cut off some civilian assistance, although it usually functions as a symbolic means to pressure countries to take action.”



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