ZOE awarded for excellence in combating Child Trafficking

August 26 by ZOE Team
ZOE awarded for excellence in combating Child Trafficking

On July 21, 2016 over 500 individuals representing 71 Thai government agencies gathered at Chiang Mai’s Lotus Hotel. Those present included the Vice Governor of Chiang Mai Province, the Chief of the Department of Social Welfare and a host of Thai and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss best practices to combat human trafficking in Thailand. The meeting stressed and the need for cooperation – working together collaboratively to eradicate trafficking, not only among government and NGOs, but also to encourage, educate, and empower citizens to join the fight.

The high point of the meeting was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the assembled parties to support common goals and strategies in the fight against trafficking. The MOU highlighted eight action points with a goal of restoring trust in Thailand in the area of human trafficking while asking the directors of the province’s 25 districts to take responsibility for the effort.

The eight points are:

  • Help and protect victims of all forms of human trafficking

  • Arrest and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law

  • Train and provide enough resources to all personnel

  • All signatories should do all they can do to prevent children and adults from becoming trafficking victims

  • Chiang Mai province will gladly reduce or eliminate human trafficking

  • Instill and educate people of Chiang Mai in sufficient economy

  • Promote private organisations to participate and receive information relating to the fight against trafficking

  • Determine to create human trafficking watch and use all measures to ensure greatest punishment for criminals

ZOE award

ZOE took an active role the proceedings. In addition to being a signatory to the MOU, ZOE team members participated in the discussions on topics ranging from the U.S. 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, trafficking in the Thai fishing industry, the Blue Heart Campaign, the use of modern technology by both traffickers and anti-trafficking forces.

ZOE was honored at the event by being presented with one of three special awards recognising excellence in combating human trafficking.