Bold Thai plan to send prisoners to sea sinks amid rights protests

January 20, 2015 6:17 AM

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - A radical plan by the Thai government to put prisoners to work on the country's under-staffed fishing boats has been scrapped, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, following charges the scheme threatened inmates' rights.

Rights groups had also argued the idea would fail to address the fundamental causes of the labor shortage that fuels human trafficking in Thailand's fishing industry.

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