Prayut vows to eliminate human trafficking
New division set up to tackle trafficking

PM reassures Thailand’s efforts to eradicate child labour

English subtitle of PM weekly televised address on 12 June 2015


As June 12th marks World Day Against Child Labour, Thailand has inked memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with other nations in a bid to immediately and actively prevent and tackle all cases concerning child labour. Child labour is a problem that is linked to other problems such as human trafficking, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The Ministry of Labour has been collaborating with the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, on the assessment of of policies and Thailand’s national plan to eradicate child labour. The plan, which is the first of its kind, ran between 2009 and 2014, and consists of 5 strategies, including: raising public awareness about child labour, developing warning systems and complaint filing systems, effectively enforcing law, disseminating knowledge about child labour, and developing mechanisms to prevent child labour under the age of 15. The results of the studies will be assessed and used to formulate policies and draft the 2nd national plan to fight against child labour. The new plan will run from 2015 to 2020. There must be more concrete results which will be assessed on a regular basis. The current government will learn from the previous plan and thus make suitable adjustments.

To resolve the issue of child labour, as well as human trafficking, the government needs cooperation from the general public. Please report any activities suspicious of breaking child labour laws to government officials. Please don’t hesitate to report these cases.

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