Regulation to Deport Pregnant Migrant Workers

by Admin on July 6, 2012

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Thailand’s labor minister has proposed a regulation to deport migrant workers who are three to four months pregnant.

According to Human Rights Watch this would not advance Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s stated aim of reducing human trafficking.

Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap said that the plan would curb the use of migrant child labor by reducing the number of migrant children in Thailand. He went on to say that this would help respond to the US State Department’s recent classification of Thailand as a country making consistently poor efforts to eliminate human trafficking.

The proposal forces pregnant migrants to return to their home countries to give birth and deprives these women, many from poor backgrounds, of equal work opportunities. There is also the uncertainty that their jobs will not be available if and when they do return.

Some women will risk an unsafe abortion to stay employed. Under Thai law abortions are illegal except in the cases of rape or to protect a mother’s health. The Thai Public Health Ministry, stated that nearly 1,000 women die each year from fatal infections caused by incomplete abortions.

International human rights law and Thai labor law are supposed to ensure that women have the same employment rights as men and should have protection extended to all workers to keep their jobs.

According to Thai paternity law if a woman is pregnant with a Thai man’s child and is not married the child would be the responsibility of the mother while a child born to parents that are married is considered the legitimate child of the husband. However, there has been no statement stating if a mother must leave if she is married to a Thai man.

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