Human Trafficking in Our World #3

Trafficking In Persons Report Map 2010

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Does this shock you? Human trafficking in this day and age. Slavery, abuse and the forgotten children, who run away from home, because of abuse or neglect or those that have been kidnapped, or those that have been  sold by their own parents. Because they are too poor to survive. What level of humanity is left, and how do we justify doing little to nothing to help these people, and they are people, with feelings, dreams and hopes of making it in this world. They want to live and be free, not a  slave; because they are disadvantaged, or uneducated.

Where is this equal opportunity which, we propose in a democratic society. What are these democratic societies doing for these lost souls?

 A case in point: Thailand! Today!

Last month, the Anti-Human Trafficking Division raided a four-storey building in Din Daeng district and rescued 45 Burmese workers.

They had been forced to work seven days a week from 8am to 4am the following day at an illegal sewing factory after having entered Thailand with the help of a human trafficking gang. Their terrible plight would still not be known, had not three workers escaped from the factory. The three were then contacted by a foundation working to help Burmese labourers in Thailand. The foundation alerted police about the sweatshop and on April 19 officers raided the building and rescued the remaining workers.

The ground floor and the second floor were cloth cutting and sewing works, while the third and fourth floors were “living areas” for the workers. The back door on the first floor of
the building was bricked up, and the front entrance was secured by two metal doors which were locked around the clock. From the second floor to the fourth floor, all the windows were barred. And the door leading to the roof of the building was also bricked up.

The Burmese workers were supposed to be paid between 200 ($6.00) and 300 ($10.00) baht for a 20-hour day, however they never received any payment at all.

Dalong Wu, a 49-year-old Chinese man, and Nami Saeli, his Thai wife, claimed workers’ wages were deducted to cover food and board, and to pay back the gang’s “trafficking fee”.

The pair were arrested and charged with human trafficking, illegal detention and slavery. Three other Burmese nationals who worked as guards were also arrested. Police are still hunting another gang member.

Pol Col Noppawat Arayanggura, commander of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division’s Sub-Division 1, said each illegal worker was forced to pay his or her traffickers at least 10,000 baht. “Of course, the human trafficking gangs are colluding with certain government officers of both countries,” said Pol Col Noppawat. “Otherwise, it would not be so easy to transport the illegal workers from the borders to Bangkok.”

In this case, he said, the Burmese workers had crossed the border into Thailand at Mae Sot district in Tak province to meet their Thai traffickers, who then took them to Bangkok. To avoid being searched by the police, the journey to Bangkok consisted of trekking on foot and then being driven in a modified pickup which had been fitted with a secret compartment. “The drivers are very sophisticated about trafficking routes,” said Pol Col Noppawat.

The problem with this are the levels of corruption  associated with this business. It starts at the highest echelons at the top and those are the ones that never get caught,because they are above the law. The victims are the ones that must suffer without any chance of freedom, unless they manage to escape and then what? What can they do, they most likely have borrowed money to get the jobs in the first place, and now they can not pay those money lenders so they are threatened, beaten, even killed and they just become another statistic. These are the lost souls that we as a people should try to save.