The Opinion Pages | Letter
JULY 3, 2014
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To the Editor:
Your June 22 editorial “Slavery and the Shrimp on Your Plate” gives an unfair and incomplete portrayal of the Thai seafood industry. Much of the content is based on the State Department’s 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which was both subjective and inconsistent.
Thailand has made tremendous strides in combating human trafficking. These are reflected in facts and figures that exceed those of many of the countries the State Department moved up in the Trafficking in Persons, or TIP, rankings. It is therefore highly surprising that such progress was not commensurately recognized by the TIP Report.
In 2013, Thailand’s increased efforts resulted in significantly more investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and funding and work done for victim assistance, protection and prevention programs than in 2012.
As for public corruption, actions against Thai officials alleged to be complicit in human trafficking have also increased, with at least 38 members of the police force, including five high-ranking officials, who were punished or are now in the midst of civil and/or criminal processes.
Make no mistake about it: Thailand is heading in the right direction, and — with or without the TIP Report — remains committed to confronting this global problem head on, working with all partners within and beyond our borders.
Ambassador of Thailand
Washington, June 30, 2014