Thai prisoner-to-fisherman plan slammed

More than a dozen labor and human rights organisations on Thursday sent a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, asking him to end a pilot project to recruit prisoners from Thailand’s correctional facilities to fill a labour shortage in the fishing industry. Multiple reports have documented gross labor violations on Thai fishing boats, including forced labor, physical violence, illegally low wages and human trafficking. A huge number of those abused are Burmese migrants.