UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new United Nations report has highlighted human trafficking in Thailand as well as the sexual exploitation of children in the region.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, published the report Aug. 10.
According to the report’s authors, irregular migrants, or people who migrate outside legal channels, are especially vulnerable to trafficking.
This vulnerability may lead to forced labor in fishing, agriculture or construction industries or to sexual exploitation.
The UNODC called the trafficking of children to be exploited in webcam sex shows an area of emerging concern.
A regional representative of the UNODC told Reuters the use of these sexually exploitative child webcam centers is shifting from the Philippines to Thailand.
The report called on additional research in light of this information to address what governments are doing to protect migrants and trafficked people.