The Labour Minister assigned is Assistant “Surachai” to commence training for law enforcement officials, aiming to enhance collaboration as a multidisciplinary team to increase law enforcement capacity and protect workers’ rights. The efforts aim to eliminate all forms of forced labour and human trafficking.
On June 23, 2022, at 09.30 hours, Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin assigned Assistant to the Labour Minister Mr. Surachai Chaitrakulthong to preside over the opening ceremony of the training project to prevent and solve the problem of forced labour and human trafficking in labour, for Class 2, onshore region. Assistant Minister from the Prime Minister’s Office performing duties for the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Suthi Sukosol, and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour, Mr. Wannarat Srisuksai, also joined the occasion at The Emerald Hotel, Ratchadaphisek Road, Bangkok.
Mr. Surachai said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, who supervises the Ministry of Labour, and the Labour Minister Mr. Suchart Chomklin, gives importance and is committed to solving and eliminating labour trafficking and forced labour from Thailand, as it violates human rights and dignity which is becoming more and more complicated.
Mr. Surachai further said that the government has announced the prevention and suppression of human trafficking as a national agenda and set the main goal for Thailand to prevent and combat trafficking in persons sustainably. The budget has been allocated from 2017 to 2021 for over 4 billion Baht to provide systematic protection for victims of trafficking, child labour, forced labour, and vulnerable groups. It aims to improve and develop relevant laws and regulations and enhance integrated law enforcement capabilities. This is considered one mechanism to drive the said policy to achieve results by developing the potential of government officials who are the law enforcers to have the knowledge and understanding of the enforcement of labour protection laws and other relevant laws. It always aims to upgrade the integration of working together as a multidisciplinary team. This is the key to preventing and solving the problem of human trafficking in labour to eliminate all human trafficking problems in Thailand in all dimensions.
The Department of Labour Protection and Welfare’s (DLPW) Deputy Director-General Ms. Kanchana Poonkaew, said that the DLPW, as the main unit responsible for the integration of prevention and resolution of human trafficking in labour, has established the ” project to prevent and solve the problem of forced labour and human trafficking in labour successfully,” under budget support from the Fund for the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Its purpose is to enable law enforcement officials to develop the capacity for effective multidisciplinary teamwork and supervision. It aims to ensure effective enforcement of relevant government agencies to prosecute and punish offenders and coordinate the referral of the injured to the relevant agencies. This training is scheduled to be held in 2 classes with 100 people each. Today (June 23, 2022) was the training for the second class, the onshore model. The trainees consisted of government personnel in the central area who work at the Bangkok Labour Protection and Welfare Office in every area, the Bangkok Employment Office in all areas, the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, the Department of Employment, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the Royal Thai Police and the Department of Provincial Administration in 18 provinces with records of cases and employing large numbers of foreign workers. The first class for the fisheries sector was held between June 13-16, 2022. The results were that trainees gained more knowledge and understanding of the enforcement of laws on the prevention and suppression of human trafficking. The DLPW sincerely hopes that the second class for the training will promote collaboration between relevant agencies to maximize the benefits of protecting and helping workers to receive legal benefits and have a good quality of life in the future.
Division of Public Relations
23 June 2022