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Even worse is life in the hundreds of enclosed factories and sweatshops, where employees are routinely mistreated. At this NGO in Mae Sot, migrant workers are helped to file legal action against abusive employers. Among their cases are rapes, assaults, non payment of wages and the summary dismissal of employees who become pregnant. The NGO even deals with cases where employees are murdered so they do not have to be paid. The head of the NGO has received death threats himself.<br />
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There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and fisheries or in karaoke bars and brothels.  They face constant harassment - wage exploitation, physical abuse, rape and even murder are commonplace and routinely go unpunished. Few have access to decent healthcare, to education or to legal protection. For the Burmese in Thailand, human rights are little more than a dream. And yet they choose to stay. Why? Because as bad as things are in Thailand, on the other side of the border, they are even worse.

Even worse is life in the hundreds of enclosed factories and sweatshops, where employees are routinely mistreated. At this NGO in Mae Sot, migrant workers are helped to file legal action against abusive employers. Among their cases are rapes, assaults, non payment of wages and the summary dismissal of employees who become pregnant. The NGO even deals with cases where employees are murdered so they do not have to be paid. The head of the NGO has received death threats himself.

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