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Report documents 'slavery' in Thailand

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The government is doing too little to stop tens of thousands of trafficking victims being forced into "modern slavery" in the sex trade, fishing-related industries and domestic servitude in Thailand, the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report by the US State Department has warned. 

A file photo from December 2012 shows five Thai women returning home after being rescued from a brothel in Bahrain. A total of 21 Thais were recently rescued from forced prostitution in a coordinated effort by Bahraini authorities and the Thai embassy in Bahrain. But the US State Department has warned that Thailand is doing too little to prevent human trafficking into the sex trade, fishing-related industries and domestic servitude.

The US government report, which grades 188 countries and territories on their efforts to tackle trafficking, places Thailand on its Tier 2 watch list for a fourth consecutive year.

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