Thai government charged Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan over human trafficking together with other 72 suspects.
Human trafficking is widely known in Thailand. The country is a source and usual destination of men and women even children trafficked, engaging forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation.
Together with other 72 suspects involved in human trafficking, Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan also charged being major smuggling kingpin in human trafficking, allegedly holding victims of trafficking for ransom, Thailand, Friday.
Spokesman for the attorney general’s office, Wanchai Roujanavong, told in news conference, “We will indict all 72 people who have been arrested, “For those people who are still on the run overseas, we will work with national police to send them back, according to existing extradition treaties.”
Many cases of human trafficking has been reported in the country, reasons of poverty upon migrants in exchange to sexual exploitation. Illegal migration to Thailand shows human traffickers opportunities to defraud undocumented migrants into involuntary servitude.
Reports from Department of Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 403 Thai nationals were classified as trafficking victims abroad and repatriated from a number of countries including Bahrain 368 victims, Singapore 14 victims and Malaysia 12 victims.Government’s shelters provided protection and social services for 179 repatriated Thai victims and 363 foreigners trafficked to Thailand in the year 2007.
“We will not let influential people rise above justice” , “For those people who are still on the run overseas, we will work with national police to send them back, according to existing extradition treaties.” the attorney general’s spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong said.
Thailand government tried their best to prevent and even stop human trafficking in the country, however, critics charged that efforts to end trafficking is something that is done by government where in fact their effort doesn’t really exist.
Anyone failing to fight trafficking, or turning a blind eye to the problem, will face disciplinary and legal action, according to the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha pledging zero tolerance for trafficking and vowed to eradicate it from Thailand.IMAGE/www.freemalaysiatoday.com