Fighting for Justice Foundation would like to commend the Thai Government and particularly the Social Development and Human Security Ministry for recently putting the trafficking of persons on the top of their priority list.
It was reported on the 23 February 2015 that the Thai Government has ordered the setting up of centers in 37 provinces across the country which will help those at risk of being trafficked.
The centers, which are predominantly situated along the border of Thailand, are tasked to carry out prevention work, to engage in victim identification, in strict law enforcement against traffickers, the protection of victims, and conducting education campaigns around the harms and effects of pornography.
The centre will be providing female investigators and interpreters to work with the women and children victims of trafficking.
Working in collaboration with local agencies, the police, and the Department of Special Investigations, the Governor of each province is required to provide monthly reports on cases of trafficking.
Fighting for Justice Foundation commends the commitment of Adul Sangsingkeo, the Social Development and Human Security Minister for his commitment to the welfare and protection of all women and children in Thailand.
Every person is valuable, having inherent worth, value and dignity, and should be treated as such.
Human trafficking is a horrific crime, that robs persons of their worth, value, dignity, commodifying their bodies, and reducing them to a sexual transaction.
We need to set a higher standard. The human rights standard that has been agreed upon in international instruments, such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, declares in Article 6 that;
‘States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to suppress all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of prostitution of women.’
Thailand is a State Party. Article 5 also calls to account a culture of discrimination, with a view of eliminating prejudices, based on the inferiority of either sexes.
Article 5(a) states;
‘States Parties shall take all appropriate measures:
(a) To modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women.’
Thailand is a Committee Member for the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and is therefore held to this standard.
This is an important Convention to be recognized and upheld in Thailand, as the Buddhist philosophy often prejudices women and girls, and views them as inferior to men.
Ensure that you are part of the solution to the trafficking of persons, by actively upholding the worth, value and dignity of all persons.
Simply put – treat others, as you would like to be treated.