- Dabei seit
- Reaktion erhalten
Study to focus on the problems Thai women face in Europe
Discrimination and sexual abuse common
Problems faced by Thai women working in European countries, including sexual and physical abuse, hardship and discrimination, will be the subject of a government enquiry and the focus of a programme to improve their lives.
Social Development and Human Security Ministerial assistant Veerasak Kowsurat voiced his concerns over difficulties faced by Thai women living overseas following a series of meetings from June 13 to 15 in France with the Networks of Thai Women in Europe _ a non-governmental support group assisting Thai women in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Denmark.
The number of Thai people, particularly women, moving to those countries has increased steadily. Many have migrated to find better jobs or have married Europeans.
Mr Veerasak said many Thai women living in Europe had reportedly been subject to abuse, discrimination and hardship.
The France-based support group said the major problems faced by Thai women arose from language and cultural differences.
``Some women can't adjust to the new environment and their husbands' families, resulting in discrimination and family rifts,'' Mr Veerasak said.
He said many women also faced physical abuse in the home and felt a strong sense of dishonour. Some had been driven from their homes or were forced to have sex with other men.
He said a large number of Thai workers had reportedly been deceived by Thai and foreign traffickers to enter Europe illegally, and had to hide from local authorities and live in poor conditions.
They still refused to return home, however, because they could make more money even as illegal immigrants than they could in Thailand.
``Many women have been suffering from last-stage breast cancer because they haven't dared to see a doctor or because of their poor communication skills,''said Mr Veerasak.
Many children had been terribly affected because their mothers refused to send them home despite their hardships.
Mr Veerasak said he had promised to work closely with women's networks to improve cooperation between the government and non-governmental groups in their efforts to improve conditions for Thais living overseas.
A joint statement including guidelines on NGO and government goals includes information about rescue measures for victims of abuse who want to return home, data links in human trafficking cases to trace traffickers and prevent a recurrence, enumerates government funding dedicated for overseas networks support and outlines counselling options for abused or endangered Thai workers.
Mr Veerasak said assistance would be offered not only to women but also to transsexuals who faced difficult lives abroad.
``Many transsexuals had gender reassignment procedures before moving overseas, but because their new gender was not verified in their Thai passports they will have problems with rights protection in other countries,'' he said.
The issue would be brought before the Foreign Ministry for discussion.
Hört sich ja sehr schlimm an;
- die Zahl der Thailänderinnen, die nach Europa kommen, steigt an (prima)
- viele dieser Frauen leiden in Europa an Misshandlung, Diskriminierung (kaum zu glauben, gibt aber keine konkrete Zahlen)
- viele dieser Frauen werden gezwungen, Sex mit fremden Männern zu haben (Horrorgeschichten, sind IMO Einzelfälle)
Hier soll offensichtlich wieder eine neue Horrorlegende über die gefährlichen Farangs geschaffen werden.