On 19th March 2014 at Phuket Merlin Hotel, Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut presided over a seminar aimed at preventing the trafficking of foreign laborers to Phuket. Khun Maitree was joined at the seminar by Khun Puang Songnam from Phuket Provincial Employment Office and a number of Phuket’s alien workers.
Khun Puang said “Phuket province has a number of companies that employ alien workers, the total of which is 109,880. This number is made up of 108,358 Burmese nationals, 711 Laos and 811 Cambodians. These companies who employ alien workers are required to know the various laws, regulations and practices relating to labor protection laws. This includes laws relating to the social security rights of employers and employees, and more importantly they need to understand the situation regarding the trafficking of foreign who are used for labor. In addition, a portion of the foreign laborers do not have the knowledge to know who to contact should they be in need of assistance. It is therefore essential that alien workers are aware of the agencies and organizations responsible for them should they require help, and whom they should contact if they are aware that human trafficking has taken place.”