54 burmese dead in a thai truck : it’s smuggling not human trafficking

Another brillant move from the Finest : the thai police.

The death-truck tragedy involving 120 illegal Burmese job seekers, 54 of whom suffocated to death, is likely to be treated as a smuggling case and not human trafficking. An initial investigation had determined the evidence did not support a human-trafficking case, immigration bureau chief Pol Lt-Gen Chatchawal Suksomjit said yesterday.

It was a matter of legal interpretation, he said.

”This initial finding may run counter to general sentiment and reports which labelled this as a case of human trafficking. But there is a difference between human smuggling and trafficking, it’s a matter of degree,” Pol Lt-Gen Chatchawal said. The offenders in the case would still be brought to justice. (Bangkok Post)

Indeed. It’s a matter of “degree“…

Those poor burmese were not “abused” like sex-slaves… They were just… slaves.

2 Responses to “54 burmese dead in a thai truck : it’s smuggling not human trafficking”

  1. 1 thaichris 22 April 2008 at 4:57 am

    It’s time, that other countries learn from Thailand. There IS no human trafficking, when thai nationals are involved. The latest case in England (http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=127230) is a “smuggling” case and not “human trafficking” as stated by the british police. When will these foreigners ever learn?

  2. 2 thaicrisis 22 April 2008 at 7:24 am

    Thanks ThaiChris to remind us this basic rule.

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