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Thai PM vows action against firms using forced labour

Channel News Asia - Saturday 28th March, 2015

BANGKOK: Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has vowed to take legal action against companies found to be using forced labour in the country. His comments come after an Associated Press report revealed the involvement of slave labour in Thailand's fishing industry.Thailand's largest fishing seafood company, Thai Union Frozen Products, has defended its business, saying it adheres to ethical business and good labour practices. In response to the Associated Press report, Thai Union had said forced labour is "utterly unacceptable". The conglomerate also said the supplier allegedly involved with slave labour, as mentioned in the report, was "terminated" immediately. But it did not name any specific company.The Thai government has also issued multiple statements saying that it is stepping up efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labour in the country's fishing industry.?The Thai government's responses came at a time when the United States is finalizing the first draft of its 2015 "Trafficking in Persons" or TIP report in April....
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