“Flowers of the Dawn”: Mediator and Facilitators of Social Justice for Transnational Laborers in the Thai-Burmese Borderland of Mae Sot District, Tak Province, Thailand

Kettawa Boonprakarn, Jedsarid Sangkaphan, Benjaporn Deekhuntod, Nuntharat Suriyo


“Flowers of the Dawn” is a group of transnational laborers who are successful in helping their fellow laborers in a wide range of problems. The group understands problems better, is more trustworthy, and more able to solve problems than other groups that also help laborers. The influx of “cheap labor” and “illegal laborers” has caused chronic problems for Thai society and the laborers themselves at the individual, local and national levels. The problems have not been seriously addressed and the laborers themselves have become “the problems” that cause many difficulties in racial bias which in turn leads to inappropriate solutions to the problems and hence the real causes of the problems have not been overlooked. “Flowers of the Dawn” is a group of mediators and facilitators of social justice that targets transnational laborers fleeing from Myanmar and those who have been in Mae Sot and nearby areas. Assistance provided by the group has helped mitigate the problems resulting from government officials’ negligence or by operators’ exploitation of laborers. Even though not all the problems can be solved successfully, at least such assistance can make business operators and government officials see the importance of the problems of human rights and address them accordingly.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ass.v10n6p7

Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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