In an effort to curb overcrowding in prisons and human trafficking of laborers, Thailand prisoners will be allowed to work on fishing boats.
Thailand prisoners who have served most of their sentence or are soon to be released can opt to join a new program and work on local fishing boats.
Officials hope to eliminate the middle man that often takes advantage of laborers, in addition to providing inmates with a source of income and job training.
Corrections director-general Vidhya Suriyawong told reporters he’s had preliminary discussions with the Fishing Boats Association’s chairman and executives at industrial estates regarding the Thailand prisoners.
Amate Industrial estate, located in Chon Buri, is the first organization to accept the offer, Suriyawong told reporters.
Participation in the program is voluntary and will require Thailand prisoners to be on the fishing boats during the day and return to jails at night.