Thailand

Wanted Thai general turns himself in on human trafficking charges

BANGKOK - A three-star Thai general accused of involvement in human trafficking turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday, the most high profile among scores of suspects wanted as part of a police crackdown on the illicit trade.

Desperate Bangladeshi migrant families await calls for ransom

TEKNAF, Bangladesh - In Bangladesh's southernmost tip, families cling to scraps of paper with Malaysian and Thai hand phone numbers scribbled on them as their only links to loved ones missing after boarding fishing boats, lured by hopes of a brighter future overseas. | Video

World, United Nations, 31 May 2015

Thai protest leaders handed prison terms - and freed on bail

BANGKOK - Six prominent Thai anti-government protest leaders were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for storming the prime minister's office during a 2008 rally - and then released on bail to allow for appeals.

World, 28 May 2015

Over 2,500 migrants still adrift, U.N. says ahead of SE Asia meeting

BANGKOK - More than 2,500 migrants could still be stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, according to estimates by the United Nations, as Thailand prepares to host a regional meeting it said was focused on "immediate action" to tackle the crisis. | Video

World, United Nations, 27 May 2015

Desperate migrant pays for baby to be drugged, smuggled to Myanmar: researchers

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Burmese woman working in Thailand hired a man to sedate and smuggle her 3-month-old baby across the border to relatives in Myanmar, researchers said, describing a common "service" for desperate migrant mothers fearful of losing their jobs.

World, Myanmar 27 May 2015

No human trafficking camps left in Thai south, police say

BANGKOK - Thai police said on Monday there were no human trafficking camps left in southern Thailand following a month-long crackdown and the discovery of seven camps in mountainous jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border.

World, 25 May 2015