Ki Hwan Kim


Organization: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Year: 2014

MRP/Thesis abstract:

A Focus on Anti-Trafficking and Related Policies in Thailand: The Findings and the Influences During the 2014 Coup D’ẻtat

Past studies critiqued the Thai government for its lack of adequate results and improvement in their anti-trafficking efforts despite their formal agreement to comply with UNODC’s Protocols to trafficking in persons. Due to circumstances, this research primarily focuses on answering why there is an implementation gap in Thailand’s anti-trafficking policies. This research collected data by conducting participant observation to collect relevant information during the on-going coup d’état; policy analysis on all Thai policies relevant to anti-trafficking; and semi-structured interviews with participants from various NGOs. The findings of this research reveals that at a policy level, Thailand sufficiently shows compliance with UNODC’s Protocols. However, at a practical level, there is a significant implementation gap of these policies. There is certainly a pattern revealing the importance of Thailand’s reputational status between its neighbouring countries and to their international audience.