ILO calls for better protection of foreign domestic workers in Thailand after ‘shocking’ attack abusive employers need to know they will face consequences

The International Labour Office in Bangkok today urged authorities in Thailand to take urgent steps to better protect all foreign migrants – both documented and undocumented – from abusive employers, especially Thai employers of foreign domestic workers.

Press release | 04 May 2005

Bangkok – ILO News – The International Labour Office in Bangkok today urged authorities in Thailand to take urgent steps to better protect all foreign migrants – both documented and undocumented – from abusive employers, especially Thai employers of foreign domestic workers.

The ILO Sub-regional Office for East Asia also requested that all available measures be taken to ensure that the person or persons responsible for the recent serious physical assault of a young domestic worker be brought to justice, and that the full extent of the law be brought to bear in this case.

The 17 year old Burmese-Karen girl was working in the home of her Thai employer at the time of the attack. She received severe injuries, including a fractured skull and a shattered ribcage. The girl remained in hospital for two months and needed several operations including one to insert a metal plate in her skull. Her employer, a 32 year old Thai woman, has been charged in connection with the assault. She has denied all charges and has been released on bail.

The case was first brought to light by the Coalition to Fight Against Child Exploitation (FACE) after a Bangkok hospital asked to discharge the girl into its care. The u