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Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: October 17, 2013, 04:11:36 PM »

Thailand "hub" of exploitation in Asia: at least half a million slaves

Revealed by a study of the international charity Walk Free Foundation. In the first place - in terms of the proportion between the number of slaves and the total population - there Mauritania, followed by Haiti and Pakistan. But Bangkok is the " hub" of exploitation in South Asia.

Bangkok ( AsiaNews) - Thailand is Southeast Asia's number one country for the number of slaves: 500 thousand people , mostly migrant workers. This was revealed by a study of the Walk Free Foundation, the international charitable organization, which has compiled a list of the nations according to the number of victims subjected to human trafficking, forced labor or debt to be paid. Throughout the world there are about 29.8 million people enslaved.

The association puts Thailand at 24th place out of 162 countries in question, but the nation emerges as the center of the exploitation of the Mekong region: the total number of slaves is the 7th in the world.

The victims are mostly migrant workers coming from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia , while Thai women are often targeted in domestic work or the sex industry in the rest of the world. The study also shows that the trafficking of adults and children is problematic in Thailand, with their victims destined for the "markets" of China, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Africa and the United States.

In Thailand also the fisheries sector gives rise to other forms of slavery: it is estimated that 200 thousand migrants working in this industry, most of them by force.

On a global scale, the study puts Mauritania in first place, with the highest proportion of slaves in the world relative to its population: 150 thousand victims out of 3.8 million inhabitants. Followed by Haiti and Pakistan. In general , Asia "hosts" three-quarters of the slaves around the world.