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Washington's decision to downgrade Thailand in its annual human trafficking review is a wake-up call to improve the treatment of workers across the entire export supply chain, says a human rights campaigner. 

Andy Hall said the downgrade was necessary to force Thai businesses and officials, as well as international buyers of Thai goods, to put effective measures in place to address trafficking in persons, particularly forced labour.

"Tier 3 status for Thailand (in the US report) is called for as acknowledgement of the severity of the human trafficking situation here and failure of successive administrations to address the breakdown in rule of law and migration policy that have led to this poor situation," said Mr Hall.

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