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FEATURE: The migrants building Thailand’s luxury high-rises

AFP, BANGKOK

“Even if inspectors do gain access, they are limited to only giving advice on how to improve conditions, but cannot make orders on living conditions,” he added.

Sexual harassment in communal bathing areas, he said, is a “specific problem” the ILO is investigating. Earlier this year the EU threatened to blacklist Thailand’s fishing industry, partially because of conditions faced by migrant workers on board vessels. The US also placed the kingdom on the bottom tier of its human trafficking index for the second year running.

Those who blow the whistle are rarely greeted as heroes. Thailand-based British rights activist Andy Hall is facing both civil and criminal defamation proceedings over a recent report he co-authored exposing rights abuses in the nation’s lucrative fruit picking industry.

The cases are being brought by one of the exposed fruit companies as well as Thailand’s attorney general.

As sun sets on the container village, the stony ground outside becomes an impromptu village square with groups grilling fish and playing volleyball.

Most of the workers would be up at 5:30am the following day. And once the condo block is built, the container village would be moved to the next construction project.

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