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Deal to battle scourge of human trafficking inked

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Chou Bun Eng speaks with reporters after the agreement was reached. Supplied

The National Committee for Anti-Human Trafficking has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chhean Chhay Foundation Association in Banteay Meanchey province to collaborate on the prevention of human trafficking and assistance for migrant workers in Thailand.

Chou Bun Eng, chair of the committee, told reporters after the MoU signing on Wednesday that cooperation between the government and the association was very important to help migrant workers and prevent human trafficking.

“We will work with this association to help our migrant workers who face deportation. If they are deported, we will help them reintegrate once back,” Ms Bun Eng said.

She noted that the Chhean Chhay Foundation Association was located in Poipet town, near the international border crossing, and also has a network in Thailand.

Ms Bun Eng said in the near future, the Ministry of Social Affairs planned to build accommodation in the town to house deported workers temporarily while their cases are resolved.

Labour Minister Ith Samheng is currently working with his Thai counterpart to issue legal papers for a remaining 340,000 illegal migrant labourers in Thailand.

According to an annual report from the National Committee for Anti-Human Trafficking, National Police cracked down on 159 cases of human trafficking in 2017, an increase of 67 cases if compared to 2016.

It said that 203 suspects were arrested and sent to the court, an increase of 90 people. The report added that there were 345 victims and that 138 of them were under 15-years-old.

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