Children sit together to be registered by Thai officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, which attracts workers from some of the world’s poorest countries, mostly Myanmar, many of whom are victims of forced labour. Photo: AP

Human-trafficking must be a priority for the Asean community, not just to please the US but for the good of its own people

Simon Tay says one of the main tasks of the newly inaugurated Asean Economic Community should be to work to improve the lives of ordinary citizens in the region

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Children sit together to be registered by Thai officials during a raid on a shrimp shed in Samut Sakhon, which attracts workers from some of the world’s poorest countries, mostly Myanmar, many of whom are victims of forced labour. Photo: AP
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