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Postbag: Stand up to TIP

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Re “Sihasak assures US on trafficking fight”, (BP, June 9) is an irony. In the last few days, several PostBag letters and articles have complained about the US and Australia speaking up with unwelcome advice regarding the military coup. Great, I agree! 

The irony is that I wonder who will speak up about the Thai capitulation to America’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) programme. US TIP programme demands include changing Thai laws, speeding up prosecutions, providing special welfare benefits for a few, and Thai police reporting to the American embassy.

I urge everyone to read a TIP report. On Sunday, the Post wrote about Cambodian Somaly Mam. The report showed the issue of trafficking has been distorted by media exaggeration and celebrity involvement.

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