THAI Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has sent a report on the results of action taken to resolve human trafficking problems in 2016 to the US State Department through US Ambassador Glyn Davies on January 31, Thai News Agency said today (Feb. 2)
The Foreign Minister is confident that this result is better what was sent over the past two years.
According to a report published by The Guardian on June 30, 2016, international rights groups criticized the US government’s removal of Thailand from its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking, branding it “the wrong decision at the wrong time” and claiming the move was politically motivated.
In the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, published a day earlier, Thailand was upgraded from tier 3, the lowest ranking on the list, to the tier 2 watchlist, indicating that the US government believes the Thai government has met the minimum standards required to fight trafficking.
The report cites “significant efforts” made by the Thai government to eliminate human trafficking within its borders. An increase in investigations, prosecutions and convictions, together with amended anti-trafficking legislation, were identified as factors in Thailand’s improved status.
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