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The US ambassador to Thailand is pledging to help Thailand achieve its goal to be upgraded from Tier 2 to Tier 1 in the annual US Trafficking in Persons Report. The report divides countries into tiers based on their compliance with standards outlined in the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Tier 1 comprises countries whose governments fully comply with TVPA minimum standards.

Tier 2 is for countries whose governments do not fully comply with TVPA minimum standards but are making significant efforts. Speaking after a meeting with Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon, Ambassador Michael George DeSombre said yesterday that Washington stands ready to support Thailand in the ranking elevation, as Prawit requested. Prawit said he has already seen the TIP Report 2020, in which Thailand remains at Tier 2.

Prawit says Thailand is determined to continue working hard to tackle the human trafficking problem, and the issue is high on the country’s priorities but involves cooperation from all sides to tackle.

“All parties involved in this work are ready to fully cooperate with the US in the continued fight against human trafficking.”

“Thailand does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts. The government has generally demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period although the country remains on Tier 2.” – US Trafficking in Persons Report

The efforts include anti-trafficking training for judges and working with non-governmental organisations to arrange trauma care training for police, prosecutors, and shelter staff, according to the report. The government investigated more cases of labour trafficking compared to the previous reporting period, and convicted traffickers faced stiffer penalties.

It also increased the amount of compensation provided to victims through the anti-trafficking fund and handed out restitution to victims of trafficking for the first time during the reporting period.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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    jason webb

    July 10, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Amazing how the US akways likes to take this high moral ground, when they have a far worse trafficking problem around and within there own country and the society problems that relate from US culture. Thailand doesn’t need to justify anything to the morally corrupt US which could learn lots from Thai cultre .

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    sparky

    July 11, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    USA need to stay out of other countries affairs and try to fix their own problems. number one stop killing black us citizens! stop separating US citizens by race, stop pretending to be perfect. Stop being so racial devide juh st to name a few. The Devided States Of Merica

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    Michael Lewis

    July 11, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Well said Jason. This arrogant offer is an insult to Thailand. The US is on of the worst offenders in trafficing women and children. Thats not all, over 130,000 people are reported raped each year in the US and it is estimated that 700,000 in the US are actually raped each year. The ambassador best direct his charitable cause to the degenerate US society where he came from.

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