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Thailand’s Corrections Department bans the production of fishing nets in prisons following reports of forced labor

BBC Thai

[English translation courtesy Nanchanok Wongsamuth - click link for original article in Thai]

The Corrections Department has ordered a ban on the production of fishing nets nationwide, while also increasing wages for some jobs under a plan to “reform prison labor”, following reports that inmates were being forced to make fishing nets for private companies.

How a Dalit garment worker’s murder sparked a movement that got H&M to address gender-based violence


At the age of 18, Jeyasre Kathiravel had aspirations like any other young person. She wanted to go to college, get a degree and see where life would take her.

But this was a radical dream. Kathiravel came from a Dalit family and was the first woman from her village of Thennampatti in Tamil Nadu to pursue higher studies. Though college was expensive and her family could not afford it, this did not deter Kathiravel. To pay for her education, she did what many women elsewhere in the world have done: she started a job at a local factory.

Tier 2 status 'well deserved': seminar

Bangkok Post

As the basic rights of migrant workers in Thailand's seafood industry remain unprotected, the country should remain on the Tier 2 watchlist in this year's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report by the United States' Department of State, a seminar was told.

The remark was made by Roisai Wongsuban of Freedom Fund. She shared the findings from a research called "Seafood Working Group Findings on Taiwan and Thailand for the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report" conducted by the Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) and the Seafood Working Group (SWG).

Campaigners demand Taiwan be downgraded in US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report

Seafood Source

 U.S. labor campaign group has called on Taiwan to be downgraded in the U.S. State Department’s upcoming Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report due to claims the country has failed to address abuses in its fishing fleet.

Global Labor Justice – International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ-ILRF) and Greenpeace Taiwan, on behalf of the Seafood Working Group (SWG), are demanding Taiwan be named a Tier 2 country in the annual TIP, set to be published this summer. The State Department describes as the document as the “U.S. government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.”