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Thailand: travel and (fair) trade

Thailand has long been a South-East Asian mecca for travellers who are sun-chasers, party-goers, foodies, and people wanting to experience a rich, spiritual culture.

Thailand

Thailand has long been a South-East Asian mecca for travellers who are sun-chasers, party-goers, foodies, and people wanting to experience a rich, spiritual culture.

THAI PEOPLE ARE RENOWNED FOR THEIR SMILING, WELCOMING DISPOSITIONS AND ITS THE PERSONALITY AND NATURE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THAT HAS TRAVELLERS RETURNING YEAR AFTER YEAR -  WHETHER IT'S FOR THE BEACHES; THE CHEAP BUT OH-SO FLAVOURSOME, WORLD-RENOWNED CUISINE; OR THE DEEP DEVOTION AND RICH HISTORY OF THAILAND'S SPIRITUAL BUDDHIST ROOTS.

But underneath the glossy photographs, Thailand's tourism industry also has a dark underworld. Renowned as a sex tourism destination, Thailand is ranked one of the worst countries in the world for human trafficking.  While it is often notably associated with sex trafficking, including child prostitution, forced labour is also widespread in Thailand with victims trafficked for commercial fishing, garment production and domestic work.

While this image may have damaged Thailand's reputation, the nation has also been at the forefront of developmental progress in South East Asia, making significant advances in meeting the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and even establishing its own MDG-Plus targets. After a long period of economic growth, Thailand has seen poverty drop from 21 percent in 2000 to 12.6 percent in 2012.

Although Thailand’s future might be bright, there are still significant challenges to address, especially in rural areas where 88 percent of the country’s 5.4 million poor live. Ethnic minority groups have also missed out on much of the country’s economic gains and with many unable to obtain jobs, they are most at risk of falling prey to trafficking.

THAT’S WHERE FAIRTRADE CAN BE A VITAL SOLUTION FOR AT-RISK FAMILIES.

Thailand has a rich tradition of arts and handicrafts with skills being passed down from generation to generation. Rattan and wicker work, neilloware (metal work made of pure silver and sometimes later plated with gold) silks, silverware, brass and bronzeware and ceramics, are just some of Thailand’s many longstanding traditions. But some traditional art forms are at risk of extinction.

Artisan collectives and fairtrade groups provide not only a reliable income source, but also work to maintain the legacy of Thailand's rich cultural heritage through its arts and handicrafts.

Your purchase brings a piece of Thailand into your home while also helping protect vulnerable communities and sustain art and culture.

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