Emory International Law Review


Shelby Stephens


Despite the new legislation adopted by the Thai legislature, labor trafficking in the Thai fishing industry is still an issue of international concern. In order for progress to be made in combatting the practice of labor trafficking, Thailand must begin to adequately enforce existing anti-trafficking legislation, as well as implement further anti-trafficking measures. Additionally, new maritime labor laws and laws governing Thai waters are necessary for regulation of the illicit activity ongoing in the Thai fishing industry. If Thailand does not take significant steps to eradicate trafficking, it could face sanctions from authorities like the United States State Department and the European Union. A regional authority with jurisdiction over the investigation, prosecution, and deterrence of labor trafficking would aid in combatting this problem. Additionally, it is important that there be more rigorous monitoring of supply chains throughout the world.