Connect with us

Phuket

Human traffickers removed from Phuket’s migrant-labor supply chain

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

image
image

PHUKET: Human-trafficking brokers operating on the island are to be cut out of the migrant-labor supply chain under a new system being put in place at the Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO).

“If any business in Phuket needs more Cambodian laborers, for example, they can apply at the PPEO and we will contact offices in Sa Kaeo, Surin, Trat and Chantha Buri to recruit those workers,” explained PPEO Chief Yaowapa Pibulpol.

Cambodians wanting to work in the Kingdom can submit their applications to these employment offices for free, she added.

Additionally, one-stop centers are being set up in provinces throughout the nation to help migrant laborers legally register, which is expected to boost transparency.

The center in Phuket was originally slated to be set up on July 7. However, the date has been pushed back indefinitely due to a lack of resources needed for taking electronic fingerprints and printing identification cards.

Despite the delay, the PPEO is attempting to account for all migrant laborers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, both legal and illegal.

“Employers must file official documents identifying all migrant workers and their jobs by July 15. However, after this, they can update their list via email to us,” Ms Yaowapa said.

PPEO records show 116,000 Myanmar nationals, 721 Laotians and 890 Cambodians registered to work in the province.

“It’s hard to know the number of illegal workers in Phuket before the employers send in their lists,” Ms Yaowapa said. “I am concerned about under-reporting. However, after we inspect businesses, we will have records to compare our results with.”

At the one-stop centers, employers will be able to bring their illegal staffers in for registration. A registration card will cost 80 baht, a 3-month work permit will cost 300 baht, a health check-up will cost 500 baht and health insurance will be 500 baht.

Dependents can also be registered for 80 baht, have a check-up for 500 baht and health insurance for 500 baht.

Migrant workers from the three targeted nationalities will be limited to housekeeping and manual labor, Ms Yaowapa noted.

“With all migrant laborers legalized and registered, it will be possible to ensure they are being paid at least minimum wage in accordance with Thai law and receiving basic healthcare,” Ms Yaowapa said.

“We are also looking into creating specific zones for them to live in.”

More efficient control of migrant workers could improve Thailand’s image, which was tainted when the United States State Department downgraded the country to the lowest tier on its ‘Trafficking in Persons’ report, wrote The Nation.

Many countries have threatened to take action against Thailand for its poor record in combating human trafficking and failing to protect people from trafficking gangs.

— Saran Mitrarat

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Omicron spreads to 38 countries, 10 US states; Remdesivir recalled

Transport3 hours ago

Hua Lamphong “won’t be torn down” | VIDEO

North East3 hours ago

Penis park in Khon Kaen is urging visitors to hug a member

advertiseadvertise
Food3 hours ago

Vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Bangkok | VIDEO

Tourism4 hours ago

Maya Bay on hold, but preparations for an eventual reopening continue | VIDEOS

Indonesia13 hours ago

Volcano eruption in Indonesia; 1 dead, thousands flee

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Drugs14 hours ago

Customs department seizes 897 kg of meth headed to Taiwan

Northern Thailand16 hours ago

Tiger in Kamphaeng Phet on the loose for a fifth day

Chiang Mai17 hours ago

Chiang Mai and Hua Hin can now serve alcohol in restaurants

Coronavirus (Covid-19)18 hours ago

Koh Samui Airport scrutinising international arrivals for Omicron

Thailand19 hours ago

PM says government move to digital technology will grow economy

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

COVID-19 SATURDAY: 5,896 infections, 37 deaths, provincial data

Tourism23 hours ago

Chon Buri and Pattaya bar scene get good news, but at what cost?

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Red Cross leader says Omicron variant result of vaccine inequality

Education1 day ago

The difference between the TOEIC, IELTS, and TOEFL English proficiency exams

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism9 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending