Thursday, March 26, 2015

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I think you might enjoy this article: Reuters News Thailand toughens trafficking law with death penalty, steep fines.

BANGKOK, March 26 (Reuters) - Thailands parliament voted
overwhelmingly on Thursday to introduce harsher punishments for
human traffickers, including life imprisonment and the death
penalty in cases where their victims had died.
Thailands move came a day after Britain passed a law that
could see traffickers face life imprisonment, and marked the
latest step to combat a multi-billion dollar trade in human
Thailands National Legislative Assembly (NLA) voted to
amend the countrys Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act in the third
The changes will allow prosecutors to seek the death
penalty and fines of up to 400,000 baht ($12,281) for those
convicted of trafficking offences, Police General Chatchawan
Suksomjit said.
If the trafficked person dies in the hands of the
trafficker then the sentence can now be life in prison or even
the death penalty, said Chatchawan, who headed the committee
responsible for amending the act.
If a victim of human trafficking is severely injured, those
responsible can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and
fined up to 400,000 baht, he said.
The fine has now increased and goes up to 400,000 baht if
the trafficker causes grievous bodily harm to the trafficked
The U.S. State Department last year downgraded Thailand to
the lowest category in its annual ranking of countries based on
their counter-trafficking efforts.
Thailands military government said in January it was
confident it had met the minimum standards to improve its
But a government report aimed at lifting Thailand from the
list of the worlds worst offenders showed Thailand identified
fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and
convicted fewer perpetrators.
Thailand is a source, transit and destination country for
human trafficking.
($1 = 32.5700 baht)

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Amy Sawitta
Lefevre; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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