On 27th September 2012 at Phuket Provincial Hall, Mrs.Pikulkeaw Krileak – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, together with Mr.Pichet Suntornpinij – Chairman of the Senate Advisory Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr.Prajead Auksornthammakul – Chief of Phuket Governor’s Office, Mrs.Yoawapa Piboonpol – Phuket Department of Employment held a meeting about terrorism, transnational crime, human trafficking and migrant workers.
Mrs.Pikulkeaw said “Phuket’s tourism, fishing and hotel industries, attracts many foreign workers who enter the country illegally and human trafficking of migrant workers can easily happen. To manage this we need law enforcement with strict management as human trafficking of migrant workers is a major problem which has an impact on the country’s economy. All agencies must work together to monitor and prevent the illegal entry of foreign workers.”
Mr.Prajead said “Migrant workers in Thailand are divided into 4 groups; arrived correctly, excluded; illegal entry and illegal work (work in jobs that are not allowed for foreigners). The majority of illegal foreign workers come as tourists or come from the Burmese border. 90 percent are Myanmar who come to Phuket via the Ranong province. The solution is to register foreign workers who enter correctly, and return the ones who enter illegally to their country.”