Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thailand: Trafficking Shame


Young upcountry girls at a school all made up for an annual festival. Human trafficker "headhunters" can sometimes be found at such events scouting for innocent resources. (Photo/Frank G. Anderson – altered to protect girls’ identity.)

Nakhonratchasima, Thailand — Thailand’s 2008 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, signed into law by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Jan. 30, replaced the country’s 1997 anti-trafficking law and updated several provisions to accommodate Thailand’s growing commitment to prevention in the trade. The law forbids the abduction, exploitation, deception and abuse of anyone, with a special mention for children.

With a rich resource of defenseless women, children and young boys – largely from Burma, China and Laos, but also from within Thailand itself – human traffickers have operated for decades to provide prostitutes, sex slaves and indentured labor to their fellows in Thailand, and beyond the country’s borders to the Middle East, Japan, and sometimes to the Americas.

Anyone who has sauntered down Bangkok’s Ploenjit Road can attest to the ease of finding a ready and willing sexual partner even without asking. Beautiful Russian women, light-skinned and dark-haired, may cast a fleeting glance in your direction, and if you are like-minded, a bargain can be struck...

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