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Myanmar to collect data to rescue trafficked workers on Thai fishing boats

As part of the government’s measure to curb the trafficking of Myanmar workers to work on Thai fishing trawls and provide legal protection to those who are already there, authorities will be collecting data on these labourers, said Police Maj Khin Maung Hla of Anti-trafficking, Myanmar Police Force.

During the middle of November, senior officials from Thailand came to Myanmar and discussed Thai-Myanmar mutual cooperation for trans-national trafficking, he said.

“The Thai officials said they are collecting data of Myanmar being trafficked to work on fishing boats for the purpose of rescuing them. Moreover, they are checking the fishing boats,” said Khin Maung Hla.

At present, people from Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia are being trafficked to work on Thai fishing boats.

“There are two ways to solve that trafficking problem. One thing is to arrest them but it is difficult as they are in the sea for most of the time. We have difficulty to locate them. The second thing is we’ve opened centers to educate them. Those going through the centers are legally recognized people. These centers are opened in every town where fishing boats start their journey. We have opened 17 centers, said Thai Justice Ministry’s Mr. Wanchl Roujanavong,

At the moment, Myanmar being trafficked into Thailand are forced to work on fishing boats, put into prostitution, and also forced to work at rubber plantation, and other factories according to social organizations.

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