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Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on December 6, 2013 at 10:19 am
Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, in this file picture taken April 8, 2013.  CREDIT: REUTERS/JUNAIDI HANAFIAH/FILES

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat to a temporary shelter in Krueng Raya in Aceh Besar, in this file picture taken April 8, 2013.

One afternoon in October, in the watery no-man’s land between Thailand and Myanmar, Muhammad Ismail vanished.

Thai immigration officials said he was being deported toMyanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps.

As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters investigation in three countries has uncovered a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand’s immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.

The Rohingya are then transported across southern Thailand and held hostage in a series of camps hidden near the border with Malaysia until relatives pay thousands of dollars to release them. Reporters located three such camps – two based on the testimony of Rohingya held there, and a third by trekking to the site, heavily guarded, near a village called Baan Klong Tor.

Thousands of Rohingya have passed through this tropical gulag. An untold number have died there. Some have been murdered by camp guards or have perished from dehydration or disease, survivors said in interviews.

Source: Reuters

Human trafficking prevention targeted in South of Thailand

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on July 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Secretary General to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security Minister Anusorn Iamsa-ard has presented a human trafficking prevention policy to the government and private sectors in the South to improve the standards of living for local residents.

During the meeting on human trafficking prevention in Nakorn Srithammarat, Mr. Anusorn said that the government has made human trafficking a national concern, as the country is still on a human trafficking watch list.

He has coordinated with both the public and private sectors in dealing with such a problem. Measures have been developed to help victims of human trafficking and prevent anyone from becoming one, Mr. Anusorn said.

The victims will be eligible to enter a welfare scheme as a way of restoring their well-being and mental health. Awareness of such a crime will also be promoted among residents. Other relevant issues to be tackled by the Ministry’s mission include the prevention of teen pregnancy, child labor, as well as abuse of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Source: Thai News

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Child trafficking continues, but not fuelled by cyclone

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Photo: International Federation
Agencies feared children would be at greater risk of trafficking in the wake of Cyclone Nargis

When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May, leaving close to 140,000 people dead or missing, aid workers feared an increase in child trafficking from the region.

Burmese children have long been trafficked into Bangkok and other urban areas of Thailand where they are forced to sell flowers, beg or work in domestic service, according to World Vision. Others work in agriculture, fishing, construction and the sex industry, the NGO said.

Today they make up the largest proportion of foreign child labour, Thailand’s immigration detention centres report.

Source: IRIN News

Thailand ignoring slaves at sea, says EJF report on Burmese migrants

In Awareness, Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on July 3, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thailand is facing fresh allegations of using slave labour in its fishing industry with the launch of a new investigation into the sale, abuse and exploitation of migrant workers on Thai fishing ships.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), an environmental and human rights NGO, highlights the case of 15 Burmese men who had been rescued from boats in its report Sold to the Sea: human trafficking in Thailand’s fishing industry (pdf). All of the men claim to have been deceived by labour brokers and forced to work up to 20 hours a day for months at a time with little or no pay on shrimping boats in Kantang, a city in the south of Thailand.

The men had been subjected to bonded labour, forced detention, and abuse and beatings by senior crew while working on ships operating in Thai waters, according to EJF.

Two of the men reported seeing fellow migrant workers tortured and executed for trying to escape, and witnessing the murder of at least five other men. Another man reported multiple murders and bodies being thrown out to sea with the crew forced to watch.

Source: The Guardian (video available at the link)

Thailand: Traffickers Access Government-run ‘Shelter’

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

“The rape of Narunisa demonstrates the vulnerability of Rohingya women to human traffickers – even when they are living in government-run shelters where they should be protected,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The government needs to swiftly and impartially investigate the rape case, and determine why traffickers were able to get access to Rohingya women in this shelter, and prosecute all those who aided the crime.”

According to Narunisa, human traffickers – both Rohingya and Thai – were able to gain access to the shelter in Phang Nga province soon after a group of about 70 Rohingya women and children arrived there in January. Korlimula, who was identified to Human Rights Watch as working for a Rohingya-Thai human trafficking gang, told Narunisa that he would reunite her with her husband in Malaysia for a fee of 50,000 baht (approximately US$1600).

On May 27, Korlimula helped Narunisa and her two children to escape from the shelter and took her to meet with other associates. Narunisa and her children were put on a pickup truck driven by a man, whom she later learned is a police officer at Khao Lak police station in Phang Nga province. The three of them were taken to six hideouts in the province, and in each case locked up against their will. At the final hideout on Koh Yipoon Island in Phang Nga province’s Kuraburi district, Korlimula repeatedly assaulted and raped Narunisa at knifepoint over the course of three days, from June 9 to 11. After that, Narunisa and her children were dumped on the street in Kuraburi district and the three of them made their way back to the shelter on June 18. Narunisa reported the rape case at Kuraburi district police station on June 18, and then filed a formal complaint against Korlimula on June 21.

Source: Human Rights Watch

Uzbek national extradited from Thailand convicted of human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on June 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

Khursand Akhadova, a citizen of Uzbekistan, has been extradited from Thailand and sentenced to 14.6 years in prison for human trafficking, several Uzbek media sources report on Monday.

According to the reports, Akhadova has been selling people into sex slavery for some years. She was put on the Interpol wanted list in 2003.

The criminal group she allegedly led created a human trafficking network in Sharjah and Dubai (UAE), and then moved onto Thailand.

Source: RAPSI News

Forced labour on Thai fishing boats

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

A new report by the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation estimates 27 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world. Many are sold into sex slavery. But in Thailand, men are being trafficked to work in the fishing industry. They are forced to labour for up to 20 hours a day with little or no pay. The UN has found that nearly 60 percent have witnessed the murder of a fellow worker. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Thailand.

DSI arrests Myanmar woman on human trafficking and forced labour charges

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Teth Teth Win was arrested on May 30 by a DSI team of investigators, led by Pol Major Jatuporn Arunroektawin, head of DSI Human Trafficking Suppression Division 2.

According to investigators, Teth Teth Win and her daughter Win Tanda Aong had illegally smuggled at least 15 people from Myanmar and forced them to work at a corn factory located in Tha Ma Kha district of Kanchanaburi province.

Jatuporn said his team had arrested Teth Teth Win and rescued six women from Myanmar who had been detained and tortured while they were staying at a camp for workers located near the factory. They had never received any wages despite being forced to pay between Bt15,000 and Bt20,000 to Teth Teth Win and her daughter for entering Thailand through Mae Sot and travelling to Kanchanaburi.

Source: Nation Multimedia

Human Trafficking Report Roils Thai Fishing Industry

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

Thailand is doing little to prevent the human trafficking of workers coming from other countries, and many of these indentured servants are finding their way to the fishing industry, where they are forced to work on vessels engaged in illegal, or pirate, fishing, a new report says.

The trafficked workers are subject to long hours, little or no pay and physical and mental abuse up to and including murder, with 59% of Thai fishing workers who were surveyed by the United Nations in 2009 saying they had seen a fellow worker murdered, according to the Environmental Justice Foundation report, “Sold to the Sea–Human Trafficking in Thailand’s Fishing Industry”, released Wednesday.

Because of Thailand’s tight labor market, many people coming to the country for work wind up in fisheries, where they are subject to horrific working conditions, the report said. Many of these workers end up on illegal fishing vessels, and a recent report from the environmental group Oceana found up to 20% of the world’s fish are caught illegally.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

AHTD seeks warrants for S. Korean sex traders

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Police are seeking warrants to arrest two Thai women and eight South Korean men after a 17-year-old girl was rescued from a brothel in Seoul on Saturday.

Phiangjai Phanplado, 43, the aunt of the victim who is accused of luring her niece into selling sex in South Korea early last month, is among those for whom police have sought warrants.

Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) chief Pol Maj Gen Chawalit Sawaengphuet said two suspects _ another Thai woman and a Korean man _ were captured on an Immigration Bureau camera at the airport as they took the girl on board a plane to Seoul.

The other seven suspects were found to have been involved with the same flesh trade gang.

Source: Bangkok Post

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