International Media Puts the Spotlight on use of ‘Slave Labor’ in Thailand’s Fishing Industry

June 16, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

An extensive investigation by British newspaper, The Guardian, has uncovered evidence of endemic use of “slave” labour in Thailand’s fishing industry, with migrant workers being “beaten, tortured, and killed.” The investigation said that the 270,000 migrant workers... Read more ►

World Day Against Child Labor: Child Workers, Exploited and Mostly Forgotten

June 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To commemorate World Day Against Child Labour, Karen News spoke to child workers who scrape a meager living from collecting garbage in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot. Too poor to go to school, they work unnoticed, working long days to help support their families. The ... Read more ►

“I Want To Go To School, But I Need To Help Mum…”

June 12, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Child migrant workers in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot struggle to earn enough to survive, working in dirty, difficult and dangerous work, many miss out on an education and are vulnerable to exploitation. To mark World Day Against Child Labour, Karen News followed th... Read more ►

Thailand’s Military Coup A Headache For Migrant Workers

June 3, 2014  •  Author: Nan Chaung Pawt

Migrant workers from Burma are finding that life has just become much more complicated following Thailand’s military coup on May 22, with the military closing border crossings and a nationwide curfew disrupting their travel. Saw Ye Tun Zaw, a migrant worker in Bangkok, sai... Read more ►

Migrants March in Solidarity for International Workers’ Day

May 1, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Hundreds of workers gathered in Mae Sot’s district office today to march through the town and along Asia Highway in solidarity for workers worldwide and to demand their rights and better working conditions for migrants working in Thailand. Shouting “Fair opportunities fo... Read more ►

Songkran A Time for Water, Fun And Unfortunately, Road Carnage

April 17, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Mae Sot children and adults ride pickup trucks engaged in water battles as they circle the town centre. Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border is home to tens of thousands of migrant workers from Burma who also celebrated the Songkran water festival (known in Burma as Thingyan). ... Read more ►

Migrant Workers Extorted Amid “Policy Chaos”

February 27, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Migrant workers, millions of whom come from neighboring Burma, are being cast adrift in a chaotic migration system – known as the National Verification Scheme – forcing them to pay as much as 10 times the official cost for their documents in Thailand, according t... Read more ►

Migrant Schools Offer Hope

February 24, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Migrant schools working in Thailand’s border town of Mae Sot are bringing hopes of a better future for students, many of whom face huge challenges in just trying to survive. “Last Sat…tehr…day! They went to the stay…di…um! To watch the foot…bawl match!... Read more ►

A Migrant’s Tale

December 18, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

Saw Hta, 31 is migrant living and working in in Phopra area. He is originally from Kawkreik Township in Karen State, Burma. Saw Hta left his home more than ten years ago and only visited his place of origin once. Saw Hta said that living as a migrant in Thailand had its adva... Read more ►

Labor Rights Groups Mark International Migrants Day

December 18, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

As the world mark International Migrants Day today, regional labor rights groups are taking the opportunity to raise the ongoing plight of many migrant workers in Thailand – many of whom are from Burma – where they have few rights and are vulnerable to extortion. With fo... Read more ►

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