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Phuket officials have once again reported finding no trafficking on fishing boats. Officials conducted a series of random interviews at Rassada Pier in the main city district yesterday.  They inspected a total of seven boats with 249 workers. 117 workers were Thai, and 130 were from Vietnam and Laos.  The officials confirmed that they did not discover any workers under the legal age of 18, or any sign of forced labour or human trafficking. The workers interviewed all confirmed they were onboard voluntarily and there was no foul play.  The official leading the checks was Thanapong Orachon, from the Phuket […]

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Just interviews?

Why is there no mention of the number of work permits being checked / pending a check? If such checks would account for nearly 100%, it would take away the suspicion of investigators being gullible and it would diminish the general suspicion of corruption.

On the down-side, such "thorough" checks would probably expose labor violations that -- although having nothing to do with human trafficking -- might still be associated with human trafficking with all kinds of (national and international) repercussions (and -- to make matters worse -- they might even find cases that qualify as human trafficking and/or corruption!).

It's probably a bit too metaphorical, but I can't help to equate these shows of investigations to balancing acts in the circus that is life.


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