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Vigilantes take up fight against human trafficking

10:04am GMT - 01:09

Armed volunteers patrol southern Thailand to help to tackle human trafficking as the country fights to improve its record. Yiming Woo reports.

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These men could be mistaken for Thailand's SWAT team. But they're actually civilians who have armed themselves to patrol the estuaries and jungles of southern Thailand, one of Asia' busiest smuggling routes. They say the government hasn't been effective in stopping human trafficking. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) VOLUNTEER JESSADA THATTAN SAYING: "Tip-offs are from people, fishermen. They will report to us what they see, such as how many people are being transferred. They will not have in depth information. We will have to send a search team after the tip-off." The volunteers say the influx of illegal migrants is growing -- many of them are Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar. They also say little is being done to stop the gangs that transport and abuse them. Local authorities have teamed up with the group, to set up checkpoints. Thailand's military junta has promised to improve its record, after it was downgraded to the lowest tier in a U.S. report that ranks countries' efforts in combating human trafficking.

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Vigilantes take up fight against human trafficking

10:04am GMT - 01:09

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