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Thailand: Cabinet Approves Anti-Trafficking Plan

(Mar. 19, 2013) On February 27, 2013, the Thai Cabinet approved an urgent master plan intended to allow the government to implement more anti-trafficking strategies in 2013. This master plan was proposed by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Associated state agencies will step up efforts to implement the details to support the master plan and report the progress on a regular basis to the Ministry. That Ministry will then confirm? all the data before presenting it to the Cabinet. (Thailand Determined to Push Forward with More Rigorous Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts, National News Bureau of Thailand website (Feb. 28, 2013).)

The plan covers these nine areas:

1. solving the problem of human trafficking for labor;

2. monitoring laborers at risk of being trafficked;

3. improving the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act B.E. 2551(2008) and associated laws;

4. launching a system to screen victims of trafficking;

5. improving the efficiency of law enforcement against those involved in human trafficking;

6. allowing victims of trafficking to continue to work in the country temporarily;

7. addressing the issue of human trafficking and tourism;

8. improving <?Thailand's image in the international community; and

9. providing resources in order to carry out the master plan. (Cabinet Approves Human Trafficking Master Plan [in Thai], MATICHON ONLINE (Feb. 27, 2013).)

Written by Nichaya Soothipan, Intern, Law Library of Congress, under the guidance of Sayuri Umeda, Senior Foreign Law Specialist.