It was indeed a close call. Had it not been for a last-minute intervention by a law reform agency, Thailand's new labour regulations would have still condoned the use of child labour in the fishing industry.
Over the past decade, Thailand's fishing industry has been hit hard by a series of scandals over the use of child and slave labour. The most gruesome tragedy came in 2006 and involved a boat called Prapas Navee, when the crew was abandoned at sea, resulting in 39 deaths.
The government has also received international condemnation for its failure to fight against human trafficking rackets which supply trawlers with slave labour.
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