Thailand: No plans to make prisoners work fishing boats

2015-01-16 13:39

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bangkok - The Thai government has no plans to make prisoners work on fishing boats, officials said on Friday.

The Thai government denied plans widely reported by media in November that it would use prisoners as labour on fishing boats to reduce the number of illegal or trafficked migrants on the vessels.

"We will not use prisoners on fishing vessels now or in the future," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sek Wannamethee.

Sek attributed the reports to a brainstorming session conducted by the Ministry of Labour as part of efforts to stop human trafficking.

He categorically denied that such plans were ever likely to be implemented.

The denial comes a day after 45 NGOs and trade unions submitted a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha condemning the idea.

The groups had argued that such measures would not solve "Thailand's endemic trafficking problem”.

Read more on:    thailand

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.