The writer states that Thailand is unable to deal with human trafficking in their country and has been downgraded to Tier 3 which is the bottom rung. Thailand may also face sanctions if it continues to to be at the bottom rung of the U.S. list.
Human trafficking refers to trafficking in persons. It is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.
I feel that the bureaucratic inefficiency of the Thailand government has led to the increase in human trafficking in their country. As said in the article, the government is not protecting victims who have escaped or been rescued from modern-day slavery. For example victims who are held in government shelters designated to protect them described threats at gunpoint and severe injuries from beatings by staff.
Although cases of human trafficking in Singapore is low, if this were to happen in Singapore, I believe that Singapore government will provide an austere and safe security along the borders and immigration controls. As a student I can also do my part by joining school clubs to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout our local community.