On 7 February 2006, the Thai Social Development and Human Security Permanent Secretary and the Lao Labour and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary co-chaired the Thai-Lao Committee to fight against human trafficking, especially girls and women. Participants also included Lao and Thai representatives and international organizations. After the MOU between the two countries was signed in 2005, the two governments have made the Plan of Action to Return and Reintegrate trafficked Victims a priority.
One key concern is that if the second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is finished in 2006, it will become a new human trafficking route. Currently, it is stated in the Plan of Action that Thailand is to provide a special employment scheme for trafficked victims who have been repatriated to Thailand where they can live and work legally.
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