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Thai offenders will become fishing boat crews in Samut Sakhon

Thailand’s Employment and Corrections Departments plans to field inmates who have nearly completed their sentences to work in paid jobs aboard fishing boats initially in Samut Sakhon.

jobs for prisonersThe inmate-supplied fisheries crews will be recruited voluntarily.

Director-General Sumet Mahosot of the Department of Employment said today that he and Corrections Department Director-General Vitaya Suriyawong agreed that inmates who nearly completed their sentences should become fishing crewmen on a voluntary basis, be well informed of working conditions aboard fishing boats beforehand and be protected and paid to prevent forced labour.

The corrections director-general proposed the job go to inmates aged 18-25.

The project will be piloted in Samut Sakhon. Provincial corrections and employment officials will discuss the project implementation next week.

The number of inmates to participate in the project would depend on their own decision, Mr Sumet said. (MCOT online news)

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