Anti-human trafficking legislation has failed to protect migrants who pay trafficking gangs to smuggle them into Thailand illegally, human rights activists say.
In most cases, authorities have been unable to use the law to convict suspected human traffickers, Krisada Sanyadee, of the Sathian Koses-Nakha Prateep Foundation's Andaman ethnic coordination programme, said.
The key flaw in the legislation is its definition of "human trafficking", he said. The law does not cover cases in which the victims have willingly paid traffickers to get them into Thailand, he told a human trafficking seminar yesterday.
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