Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket pilots blitz on fishing-boat slaves, trafficking

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Department of Fisheries Inspector-General Khemchat Jewprasart arrived in Phuket yesterday to launch a 10-day blitz on inspecting fishing boats in order to crack down on human-trafficking in the area.

Phuket, Chumphon, Ranong and Songkhla were the first four provinces in the country to pilot the crackdown, Mr Khemchat explained.

“A temporary center has been opened at the main fishing port in Rassada, where all fishing boats arriving and departing the port must first be cleared by officials,” he said.

“Officers will check boat registration, fishing licenses and work permits of any foreign crew. The aim is to prevent the human trafficking in the fishing industry.”

COSTLY DELAYS

Several fishing operators welcomed the move to crack down on human trafficking, but criticized the clearance procedure as too long.

“Checking every single boat every day costs us time,” said Apinun Jatuput, owner of Sor Pornchainavee fish-processing plant.

“Checking fishing boats to prevent human trafficking is a good thing, and it will improve Thailand’s image in fighting human trafficking, but it takes at least 30 minutes to clear one boat.

“Each boat has about 30 workers on board and many fishing boats arrive and leave the port at the same time. That costs us a lot of time before we can get out to sea. We need to get in and get out at the right times, according to the tides.”

Mr Apinun suggested that officials conduct random checks on boats on one day on every five, instead of every boat for all 10 days of the blitz.

Fellow fishing boat operator Surasit Sripanmat agreed.

“This new policy will affect us for sure. I agree with preventing human trafficking, but now we are the victim,” he said.

“Many boats use this port. We all depart at the same time in the evening, and we all came back in the morning. Our boats must go out every day, as the owners must pay their workers whether the boat goes out fishing or not.”

— Chutharat Plerin

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube 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:

Weather1 hour ago

Flooded hospital in Chaiyaphum had to evacuates 40 patients

Thailand2 hours ago

300,000 more AstraZeneca vaccines donated from Japan arrived

Northern Thailand3 hours ago

Extremely rare earthstar mushrooms found in Phetchabun

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Weather4 hours ago

Flood warnings below of Chao Phraya Dam, across Thailand

Thailand6 hours ago

US calls meeting with Thai officials to resolve donated vaccines

Thailand7 hours ago

10 Burmese migrant workers arrested in Songkhla

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Over 50 million vaccine doses administered in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Sunday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: Provincial Totals

World8 hours ago

China announces cryptocurrency trading is illegal

North East8 hours ago

Stolen 72 year old elephant returned to owner after 18 years

Thailand9 hours ago

Pattaya readjusts tourism goals for high season

Thailand10 hours ago

Phuket relaxes checkpoint requirements to help tourists and health officials

Phuket10 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 2 deaths, 4 Sandbox infections, 10k total cases

Thailand11 hours ago

Facebook page that claims to sell dog meat met with scorn on social media

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand welcomes its first AI influencer, “AI Ailynn”

Thailand2 weeks ago

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

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Phuket7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Trending