Thai human trafficking reporting app faces setbacks

  • Thailand
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

BANGKOK: A mobile app launched to boost the reporting of human trafficking risks could be hampered by lack of trust in government officials, said anti-slavery experts.

The app was developed by Mahanakorn University of Technology and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the government agency responsible for protecting human trafficking victims.“We hope trafficking victims and witnesses will use this tool to notify authorities of incidents or request for assistance,” Porametee Vimolsiri, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said yesterday.

The US State Department, in its flagship report ranking nations on their anti-trafficking efforts last year, criticised Thailand for not doing enough to tackle the problem.

But the app only uses the Thai language and was downloaded by just 260 users in the last six months.

This lack of languages and trust in the government are why the app has not been used widely, said Patchareeboon Sakulpitakphon, an expert on human trafficking. — Reuters

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