Section 312 of the Thai Penal Code provides that “whoever, in order to turn any person into slavery or a status similar to slavery, brings into or sends out of the Kingdom, transfers, buys, sells, disposes or, receives or detains any person shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding seven years and a fine not exceeding fourteen thousand baht.
Mutilating, branding, or marking a slave or a person of servile status is punishable as committing bodily injury.
…Slavery has been abolished in Thailand by the Slavery Act R.S. 124 (1905), and there is no slavery practice whatsoever in the country and the same can be said with regard to serfdom.
Under Thailand’s Constitution of 23 March 1949, there is no room for serfdom, and the scope and severity of compulsory service to the State itself have been greatly reduced.
Whoever, detains or confines the other person, or by any other means whatever, deprives such person of the liberty of person, shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding three years or fined not exceeding six thousand Baht, or both.
If the commission of the offence according to the first paragraph causes death or grievous bodily harm to the person detained, confined or deprived of the liberty of person, the offender shall be punished as provided in Section 290, Section 297 or Section 298.
Section 310 bis
Whoever, detaining or confining the other person or making in any manner to deprive other person without liberty bodily and making such other person to do any act for the doer or other person, shall be imprisoned not out of five years or fined not out of ten thousand Baht.
Whoever, so as to enslave the person or to cause the person to be in the position similar to the slave, bringing into or sending out of the Kingdom, removing, buying, selling, disposing, accepting or restraining any person, shall be imprisoned not out of seven years and fined not out of fourteen thousand Baht.
Section 312 bis
If the commission of the offence according to Section 310 bis or Section 312 is committed to the child not exceeding fifteen years of age, the offender shall be punished with imprisonment of three to ten years and fined not exceeding twenty thousand Baht.
If the commission of the offence according to the first paragraph or Section 310 bis or Section 312 causes:
Section 312 ter
Whoever, by dishonestly, accepting, disposing, procuring, seducing or taking away the person over fifteen years but not yet over eighteen years of age by such person's consent, shall be imprisoned not out of five years or fined not out of ten thousand Baht, or both. If the committing the offence according to paragraph 1committed to the child not yet out of fifteen years of age, such offender shall be not out of seven years or fined not out of fourteen thousand Baht, or both.
Whoever, by using fraudulent or deceitful means, threat, violence, unjust influence or any other means of compulsion, takes or sends a person out of the Kingdom, shall be punished with imprisonment of two to ten years or fined of four thousand to twenty thousand Baht, or both. If the commission of the offence according to the first paragraph be committed in order that the person taken or sent out to be under the power of the other person unlawfully, or in order to abandon such person to be in a helpless condition, the offender shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years and fined of six thousand to thirty thousand Baht.
In this act
“Exploitation” means seeking benefits from the prostitution, production or distribution of pornographic materials, other forms of sexual exploitation, slavery, causing another person to be a beggar, forced labour or service, coerced removal of organs for the purpose of trade, or any other similar practices resulting in forced extortion, regardless of such person’s consent.
“Forced labour or service” means compelling the other person to work or provide service by putting such person in fear of injury to life, body, liberty, reputation or property, of such person or another person, by means of intimidation, use of force, or any other means causing such person to be in a state of being unable to resist.
Whoever, for the purpose of exploitation, does any of the following acts:
(1) procuring, buying, selling, vending, bringing from or sending to, detaining or confining, harboring, or receiving any person, by means of the threat or use of force, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power, or of the giving money or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person in allowing the offender to exploit the person under his control; or
(2) procuring, buying, selling, vending, bringing from or sending to, detaining or confining, harboring, or receiving a child;
is guilty of trafficking in persons.
Any person who compels another person to work or to provide services by one of the following means:
If such act is committed to another person to be in the situation where he or she is unable to resist, such person commits the offence of forced labour of services.
Whoever commits any of the following acts, shall be punished likewise as the offender of an offence of trafficking in persons:
(1) supporting the commission of an offence of trafficking in persons;
(2) aiding by contributing property, procuring a meeting place or lodge, for the offender of trafficking in persons;
(3) assisting by any means so that the offender of trafficking in persons may not be arrested;
(4) demanding, accepting, or agreeing to accept a property or any other benefit in order to help the offender of trafficking in persons not to be punished;
(5) inducing, suggesting or contacting a person to become a member of the organized criminal group, for the purpose of committing an offence of trafficking in persons.
THE ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT B.E 2551 (2008) (PDF)