THAILAND: Trafficking victims wait for justice

Seminar hears of Thai women living in hell abroad, dismal results in their fights for justice

IT HAS BEEN nearly 10 years but 51-year-old Boongrong (last name withheld) and friends – rescued from prostitution in Italy – are still waiting for an end to the judicial process, to get compensation.

The Supreme Court sentenced Boongrong’s job agent – her husband’s elder sister – to jail, while the Civil Court has ruled on compensation. “I don’t know when I will get compensation and if the person who lured me will be punished,” Boongrong told a recent seminar titled “Human Trafficking: What do the damaged persons get?” held in Bangkok by the Friends of Women Foundation.

After four months in hell, Boongrong and two Thai women were rescued from Italy. It was 2006, but it took the pair months to return to Thailand because they also faced a charge of illegal entry. Boongrong filed criminal and civil suits against the job agent in the same year.

The agent, who was later given a 10-year prison sentence by the Supreme Court, jumped bail during the appeal process, she said.

As for her request for Bt1 million in compensation, the court ruled she would get only Bt400,000, she added.

“Today, I still hold on to the piece of paper, as I need it to ask for the court’s legal execution order,” she said.

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