BANGKOK —  Thailand’s military government has been forced to set a six-month grace period for new migrant labor laws with harsh penalties, after protests and panic among workers and employers. Migrant labor has a crucial place in the Thai economy, with up to 2.7 million workers from neighboring Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia working in fisheries,.. read more →

BANGKOK – Thailand may face a major labour crisis if it does not quickly adopt measures to help legalise an estimated 2 million migrant workers, following the approval of a new foreign labour law that imposes stiffer penalties on employers, a labour NGO said. Mr Sompong Srakaew, director of the Labour Rights Promotion Network, told.. read more →

2017 Jun 13
June 13, 2017

Modern slavery in Asia

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IF the 2016 Global Slavery Index is accurate, two-thirds of world’s modern-day slaves are found in Asian countries, mostly victims of human trafficking. The illicit market in exploited people is so lucrative that it is said to generate over $150 billion in profits worldwide—bigger than the GDP of countries like Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Hungary and Oman… read more →

Illegal migration is rife in Southeast Asia and it’s big business for people smugglers who ruthlessly exploit the region’s porous borders. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that more than 80 per cent of people who’ve slipped across borders in the region have done so with the aid of smugglers. The trade.. read more →

MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy is optimistic that the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will declare support to the work plan in combating trafficking in persons in the region. Cuy said the DILG, together with other Philippine national agencies, are leading the development of.. read more →