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Thailand ponders law change on fresh claims of fishermen abuse

Human Rights Watch says no improvement but junta says it's doing all it can

Thai authority inspects fishermen's identification documents. (Photo by Yukako Ono)

BANGKOK -- Thailand is stepping up measures to eliminate human trafficking in its fisheries industry following claims of widespread abuse by a human rights group last month.

Amendments to the law are being considered so that workers will not be forced to work for the same employer against their will, labor ministry officials said on Thursday. One of the amendments is that migrant workers will not have to obtain permission from their employer to leave their positions and will be allowed to stay in the country for up to 30 days, from the current 15 days, while they seek new jobs.

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