Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

No human trafficking, illegal fishing here, says national police deputy in Phuket

PHUKET: Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner-General Ek Angsananon said he found no evidence of human trafficking or illegal fishing in Phuket’s fishing industry during his inspection of Phuket’s main fishing port yesterday (Sept 3).

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Friday 4 September 2015, 02:27PM

“Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan ordered every government agency to work effectively so that the European Union will lift its warning on Thai seafood imports,” ,” Gen Ek explained.

As a result, the Port in-Port out Control Centre (Pipo) at the main fishing port in Phuket opened on May 6,” he added.

Pipo chief Capt Preecha Tantirak credited the Pipo port-clearance centre for being able to keep track of the fishing vessels using the port, he explained.

“Currently, there are 280 fishing boats in Phuket, but only 120 of these boats weigh 30 gross tonnes or more and hence must report to the centre,” he said.

Capt Preecha also credited inter-agency co-ordination for the progress made in cracking down on human trafficking and illegal fishing practices in and around Phuket.


“Many of the problems in the fishing industry in Phuket have been solved. Most of these problems are about the vessels, the workers and licenses for fishing, so we focused on fixing more than problem at a time,” he said.

“We asked officials from many departments to support us, and the Phuket Provincial Labour Protection and Welfare Office helped us with labour registration. So everything has become a good result.”

The move by the Thai government to target severe irregularities in Thailand’s fishing industry follows the EU in April giving Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports. (See story here.)

It also follows the US keeping Thailand on the lowest-possible level, Tier 3, in its new report on human trafficking. “The Government of Thailand does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, and is not making significant efforts to do so,said the report, issued in July. (See story here.)

The report concluded that “corruption and official complicity in trafficking crimes continued to impede anti-trafficking efforts” and noted that no prominent cases have yet gone to court.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Richard Vickers | 07 September 2015 - 17:11:48

Stupid comment Bigaresort...and where does Russia come into the scene...other than it also being a country rife with corruption, dishonesty and greed.  That is why so many Russians are carry out corrupt business and crime. Many also don't care about filthy beaches...reminds them of summer on the Black Sea.

Bigaresort | 06 September 2015 - 07:41:59

I am so glad to knew what the uk think about Thailands cultural system.Dont forget to ask the usa what to say!Would be more interesting to knew what the <uk> thinks about Russia,Immigrants and so on.But on the other hand you dont really count anymore,must hurt to be a nobody.

Richard Vickers | 05 September 2015 - 10:32:58

"Yep...all is good everyone!" Nobody in the UK or the USA believes this silly process. You don't fix a cultural system that is rife with corruption, dishonesty and ignorance in a matter of months. There is not one government official or department in which I would have any confidence or trust in, particularly the Royal Thai Police.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Layan lockout: Public access denied amid Supreme Court wrangle for B10bn beachfront land

There is only one - same one who believes action against nominee sharleholders is incorrect. 60 mill...(Read More)

TAT praises visa-on-arrival fee waiver extension to April 30

It appears that TAT is accepting the reality that tourism numbers have dropped considerably over the...(Read More)

New B25mn tsunami-warning buoy ‘to be operational tomorrow’

From Oct 25, 2017 till today Jan, 17, 2019 there was that location no working tsunami buoy? Excused...(Read More)

Six houses destroyed by fire

Of course he knows them.Probably checks on them whenever he sees a car parking outside a shed on hi...(Read More)

Still no charges for taxi driver who wiped out six vehicles, killed motorcyclist

I'm fascinated by this comment "We need Insp K on the case!!" can you at least try and...(Read More)

Still no charges over deadly collision in Chalong that killed two tourists

"What this article is about is a motor accident. Get with the program. Even Australia as are ma...(Read More)

Korean tourists given rustic welcome as airport taxi hits cow

Of course the person to blame for the accident is the cow (which could be charged with damage to pro...(Read More)

Phuket in the cold as ’Smart Driver’s licences’ launch

Chief Banyat 'declines' a lot. Probably he has no clue, not informed, and is shocked himsel...(Read More)