THAILAND CONTINUES TO ENGAGE IN TRAFFIC CHILDREN – It takes a special individual to be able to engage in the trafficking of children for financial gain; there again there is growing widespread belief that all you really need to be is a Thai.
Thailand’s human rights atrocities have been widely known for years and yet the world stands by and allows Thailand to continue the illicit trade of trafficking young girls and boys into slavery and prostitution.
What’s the price of a child? In Western ideology a child is priceless and their protection vital. In Thailand children are little more than commodities and if that child happens to be Rohingya then they are not even considered human but they do have value. The price is a mere 60,000 Thai Baht; that’s approximately US$2,000 and for that amount you can own a child and do what you like with it.
Use that child on one of the thousands of slave fishing trawlers or better still if you have a young girl that is pretty then prostitution pays extremely well.
That is the plain and simple truth of a sick and twisted society we know as Thailand. It is a country that relies on the West for financial support in the way of foreign aid and the exporting of goods; but for all our giving the Thais perceive themselves as the superior nation, a nation that is above all others and it is their right to do whatever it takes to make money.
The word despicable doesn’t even begin to describe a Thai; but these people have no shame.
Today two stories broke on the plight of child refugees in Thailand’s notorious camps; which are controlled by the Royal Thai Police and the Army and of which both groups are involved in the trade of selling innocent men, women and children.
The first story involves 18 Rohingya women and children (see Phuketwan) who have been selected for sale in a so-called ‘family shelter’ just north of the tourist holiday destination of Phuket. These women and young children are due to be sold off as slaves today and their fate in the hands of their Thai masters is yet unclear.
What is clear is that Government officials or local authorities do not care and it is suspected that most of these are involved in the illicit money making operation.
These people are literally at the mercy of their Thai captors after fleeing the ethnic cleansing process in their home country of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Myanmar is another country that has received U.N support in financing its road to democracy and yet despite Aung San Suu Kyi fight for democratic reform she too, a once champion of humanity, has turned her back on the Rohingya.
The second story to break was the plight of five young Rohingya boys (see Phuketwan) who have fled the ‘family shelter’ after being offered up as slaves on Thai fishing trawlers.
Many of the boys who succumb to this fate spend years at sea with no payment other than regular beatings by the ship’s captain and Thai crew. For those that fail to comply, their lives are generally short as they often murdered and thrown over-board. Nobody ever misses these children and as such this despicable atrocity continues unchallenged.
The U.S and U.N have known of the problems for years and yet despite the widespread abuse and knowledge they have so far refused to intervene.
For the last 5 years the U.S has made sure that Thailand stayed off the list for those countries engaged in human rights abuses. This year the U.S announced that it could no longer protect Thailand and unless significant progress was made it would be placed on the list and listed as the world’s worst offender of human rights abuses.
Such notoriety would also require the U.S, U.N and other U.N member states to impose sanctions on Thailand until it complies with international law. This will no doubt have a devastating impact on the Thai economy and its people but if they refuse to act like human beings who are really going to care how they suffer?
For years the U.S and other countries have tried desperately in vain to get the Thai Government to stem corruption that fuels this illicit trade and yet that are not even capable of controlling their Police or Army forces for fear of a coup d’etat.
The reality of the situation is that we are to blame. We have allowed our Government’s to continuously turn a blind eye to the plight of these children in the hope that an inept, incompetent and corrupt government will refrain from profiteering from the misery of others; especially the children.
If you want to do something to stop this atrocity then don’t rely on your government as they are likely to continue looking the other way. You need to share this article and you need to boycott Thailand as a holiday destination and for the products it produces.
Cut off the flow of money and you’ll hurt Thailand in the worst possible way for it is their unrelenting love of money that continues to fuel a trade that should never even be considered let alone engaged upon.
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