On May 25, 2023, at 09:00 AM, Police General Surachet Hakparn, Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, along with a delegation of police representatives from the Royal Thai Police, attended the 10th bilateral cooperation meeting between the Myanmar Police Force and the Royal Thai Police to combat human trafficking. The meeting took place from May 24-25, 2023, at the Park Royal Hotel in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Leading the Myanmar delegation was Police General Aung Aung, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Police Force, accompanied by a team of police representatives. The primary objective of the meeting was to enhance cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, with both countries taking turns as hosts, as has been the tradition for the past ten meetings.
During the meeting, Police General Surachet Hakparn, in his role as the Director of the Center for Children, Women, and Families Protection, Anti-Human Trafficking, and Fisheries of the Royal Thai Police, presented the situation of human trafficking in Thailand, particularly its connection with Myanmar. He highlighted cases involving the exploitation and trafficking of Thai nationals, who were deceived and taken to areas such as Mong Pan and Lao Kai in Shan State, Myanmar, between 2021 and 2022. The collaborative efforts between the police forces of both countries have resulted in the safe repatriation of Thai victims to Thailand and the prevention of further criminal activities of this nature.
Police General Surachet Hakparn emphasized that this joint meeting with the Myanmar police force was an excellent opportunity to strengthen continuous cooperation in combating transnational crimes, specifically human trafficking, between the two police forces. The previous collaboration with Myanmar authorities in assisting Thai victims of human trafficking and apprehending suspects for prosecution in Thailand was highly commendable. Therefore, it is expected that the collaborative work between the police forces of both countries will be even more effective in combating transnational crimes, particularly human trafficking, to achieve the highest level of efficiency in the future.