“Child slavery, especially in the form of child sex tourism, is a slowly unfolding disaster,” write Matt Friedman and Peerasit Kamnuansilpa for the Bangkok Post.
“Thailand’s resort town of Pattaya has more expat paedophiles than anywhere in the world, both abusing children and producing pornography. Unfortunately, various efforts made to combat sexual exploitation of children in Thailand are made in isolation. To better tackle this problem, there is a need for greater collaboration and information sharing among organisations and coalitions working on anti-trafficking.
“We need to solve the long-standing systemic challenges that Thailand faces by devising a comprehensive national strategy for child exploitation prevention and interdiction. This effort should be built on the existing sense of urgency and especially on international partnerships.
“In past years, human trafficking in Thailand has been front-page news. However, as one of the first countries to bring the issue of human trafficking to the world stage in the early 1990s, we should not forget Thailand’s past achievements, including the passing of the 2008 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.”