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Asia migrant crisis: New mass graves on Malaysia-Thai border

New mass graves with 24 bodies thought to be those of migrants have been found in Malaysia, police say. The graves were found in the state of Perlis near the Thai border not far from 139 grave sites unearthed in May, Perlis police chief Shafie Ismail ...

Lao workers 'caged' in slave case

A bank manager has been charged after 12 Lao workers — some as young as 14 — were found enslaved and kept in cages on a farm outside Bangkok. The workers, aged between 14 and 25 years old, were found sleeping in small spaces framed by ...

Rethink on prostitution: Officials say Vietnam needs legal red-light districts

Social affairs officials at a national meeting on 21 August said the government should legalize prostitution and create red-light districts in major cities to monitor the sex industry more effectively.   Officials at the meeting held by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in Ho Chi ...

Costco sued over claims Thai shrimp harvested with slave labour

Costco Wholesale Corp was sued for selling farmed shrimp from Thailand, where slave labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry are widespread, and allegedly misleading US consumers about it. A California woman, Monica Sud, filed what may be the first such lawsuit against the retailer ...

Gov’t eyes ban on asbestos

Cambodia may soon join other countries in banning the import and use of asbestos, which is known to have serious health consequences, officials have said at a symposium organised by the Ministry of Labour and Union Aid Abroad, an Australian aid NGO. Speaking at the event, ...

Remittances to Ho Chi Minh City hit $2.42 bil in Jan-July

Overseas remittances to Ho Chi Minh City rose 12 percent year-on-year in the first seven months thanks partly to an increased interest in the property market from overseas Vietnamese, local media reported. Keep reading ...

ASEAN joins forces to combat human trafficking

The crime of trafficking in persons affects virtually every country in every region in the world, but the Southeast Asian region in particular is hosting a robust flow of trans-regional trafficking in persons for forced labor and sexual exploitation involving thousands of men, women and ...

‘Slave’ fishermen not all trafficking victims

The return of hundreds more Myanmar fishermen found in slave-like conditions in Indonesia could be in jeopardy.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the embassy in Jakarta separated the rescued men into two different categories: trafficking victims and non-trafficked “slaves”. The 91 who have been identified as ...

K3600 likely to stick in final wage talks

Labour officials will hold a final meeting with employers and worker representatives in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 August to finalise the minimum wage, with some participants suggesting there will be no change from the K3600 proposed in June. The ministry hopes to reach an agreement on ...

5.9% pay hike forecast for Thailand

Salaries in Thailand are expected to go up by 5.9 per cent in 2015, according to global consulting firm Mercer in its recently released annual labour market research. Keep reading   ...

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