On December 8th, at the meeting room of the old Phuket Provincial Hall, Somkiat Sangkhaosutthirak, a Vice Governor of Phuket, presided over a meeting about human trafficking prevention in Phuket. There were many related government and private organizations attending the meeting.
Somkiat said that the human trafficking situation is more complicated since the victims volunteered to work abroad by themselves. So they did not look like the victims of human trafficking, they looked more like people entering the countries legally. To solve the problem, human trafficking law had to be seriously enforced. Moreover, every sector in society had to participate in problem solving and to charge people who were behind human trafficking. He said that many human trafficking cases were related with money laundering. The limits of law also allowed easy human trafficking.
He added that the organizations directly taking responsibility in human trafficking prevention are the government sectors, hospitals, Phuket Provincial Public Health Office, and Phuket Provincial Police. These sectors had to keep an eye on over 50,000 Burmese, Laos, and Cambodian labourers working in Phuket. In addition, there were only two cases of human trafficking in Phuket charged by the police in January and August 2010.