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Junta sets out to solve illegal labour problems

The junta's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has a clear policy on labour and illegal migrant workers in Thailand and is determined to solve the problems associated with these, its deputy spokesman Winthai Suvari said on Monday.

The committee formed to draft guidelines opn illegal workers has already started work and will look into the legislation to ensure offenders are punished in line with the law.

The junta, which seized power in a bloodless coup last month, has attached great importance to the labour problem in Thailand.

The committee has been tasked with preparing guidelines for migrant workers to meet the demands of the current situation and enforcing the law against wrongdoers who are involved in human trafficking, child labour and slavery, Winthai said.

The problems, which have continued for a long time, have eroded foreign confidence in the country and damaged Thailand's economy, he said, adding that the situation should "improve in the eyes of foreigners" as NCPO worked to solve the issue systematically, he said.

He was speaking after the US issued its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, downgrading Thailand to Tier 3, which is reserved for those countries with the worst trafficking record.

The United States has accused the kingdom of allowing human trafficking, slavery and gross human rights abuses.

Col Winthai said the downgrade would "not stay permanently". It would depend on efforts by the accused governments to improve the situation in their countries and increase standards on eradicating human trafficking.

Asked whether Thailand needs to explain to the US government the real situation in this country, Col Winthai said "explanation will have to be made along with changes in positive way."


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