US takes Thailand off Tier 3 in TIP Report following significant progress
BANGKOK, 30 June 2016 (NNT) – The United States has released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, with Thailand being moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 Watch List, while the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has attributed the better ranking to Thailand’s commitment to ending human trafficking.
The 2016 TIP Report publicized by the US Department of State indicates that a resolution has been made to upgrade Thailand’s status to Tier 2 Watch List. The report says the government of Thailand does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
Mr Sek Wannamethee, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pointed out that the improved ranking signifies the US’s recognition of the Thai government’s hard work to stamp out human trafficking over the past year. It also shows that the US values its cooperation with Thailand in the prevention of trafficking as well as protection of victims and prosecution of culprits.
After the country is moved up one level in the TIP Report, Mr Sek asserted that the government will not become complacent and will continue striving to achieve higher goals. He said efforts from all sides will be further integrated in a bid to eliminate human trafficking worldwide in a sustainable and effective manner.