Immigration Police Investigate Human Trafficking Case

According to the Samui Times, Thailand’s Immigration Police Bureau is investigating a possible case of human trafficking by a group of job placement companies.

A lawyer requested the investigation after an estimated 130 people who had been sent to Dubai for work weren’t granted the jobs they were promised. They traveled to Dubai on the premise of working as welders for 50,000-10,000 baht per month. However, upon arrival, the companies terminated their contracts and refused to return their passports.

Thai labor officials in the UAE stated that the agencies, which have not been named, offered no assistance in their return home.

Mr. Songkan Atchariyasap, chairman of the Network Against the Subversion of the Nation, Religion and the Monarch, filed a petition on behalf of the workers to the Immigration Police Bureau. Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthipong accepted the petition, stating that he needed to check whether his agency has the jurisdiction to investigate the case.

Thailand labor and employment law disputes are normally resolved by the Department of Labour or by the Thailand Labour Court.

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