The NLA (National Legislative Assembly) in Bangkok passed a new anti-human trafficking bill.
And it passed easily!
In early March, the NLA voted 177-0 to pass the the draft that was proposed by the Social development and Human Security Ministry. The final bill passed with a 160-3 vote!
“When the legislative draft was tabled to the NLA for deliberation, Social Development and Human Security Minister Pol Gen AdulSangsingkeo explained that human trafficking is worsening and becoming more complicated, and penalties under the law as it stands are no longer a sufficient deterrent.
Some cases of human trafficking are linked to transnational criminal syndicates.
Therefore, the existing law needed to be amended to address these problems, he said.
The minister said incentives are included in the amendments to urge people who witness human trafficking to provide information to authorities.
A prevention and suppression of human trafficking committee, chaired by the prime minister, will oversee the law, including tougher inspections of frequent offenders, such as employers in factories and the fishing industry.
If human trafficking is found in these places, authorities can order a temporary halt to their operations and their operator’s licence will be immediately suspended.
People who provide clues leading to the discovery of illegal activities will come under the protection of the authorities. No civil and criminal charges will be filed against them, even if they were involved at an earlier stage in the offense.”
When current laws and legislation are not equipped to handle human trafficking, it is important that changes be made to address it.
Well done, NLA!
SOURCE & IMAGE: Thai PBS