Thailand handed over 18 trafficked victims — eight men, six women, two boys, and two girls — to Myanmar yesterday.
The successful repatriation of the victims was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the Relief and Resettlement Department, under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement, and Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
The handing-over ceremony took place at a temporary care centre in Myawady. Officials from the General Administration Department of Myawady District, Anti Trafficking in Person Police Force, National Registration and Citizenship Department, Immigration Department, Labor Department, Rehabilitation Department and Social Welfare Department, and representatives from the Myanmar Women Affairs Association and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) attended the ceremony.
The wages of 13 victims and compensation from the Thailand government, totalling 41,110Baht, were handed over to the victims.
The victims will be kept for three days at the temporary care center in Myawady Town. The Myawady Anti-Human Trafficking Police will look into their essential needs, travel documents, repatriation, and conduct necessary investigations.
The trafficking victims will be sent to their hometown on 23 March, and they will be provided aid for resettlement, with the cooperation of IOM (Myanmar), UNICEF, World Vision (Myanmar), and Save the Children.
(Translated by La Wonn)