Thailand Seafood Hotspot
1. Reduce the prevalence of forced labour among migrant workers in the Thai seafood industry
2. Incentivise and support the private sector to improve transparency and adopt ethical labour
3. Strengthen civil society organisations to monitor the situation on the ground and to empower migrant workers.
4. Increase pressure on the Thai government to reform the regulatory framework, uphold migrant rights and challenge the impunity of traffickers.
The programme is implemented in two key areas of Thai seafood industry, which are, Samut Sakhon and Songkla province. The programme also promotes pre-departure preparation and legal support, such as case tracking and evidential document preparation, in the border areas of Mae Sot and Myawaddy. Meanwhile, program coordination and policy advocacy will be operated mainly in Bangkok.
To conclude, Thailand Seafood Hotspot underlines significance of anti-human trafficking, especially in the seafood industry. To effectively and efficiently solve this issue, however, requires unwavering effort and cooperation from all sectors and stakeholders. Significantly, civil society organizations can play a key role in filling the gap in the areas where government operation is limited, for example, in arranging proactive activities with target group, in providing interpretation or translation support, in giving protection for a victim during trial or other field activities.