Mohamed Rahman Swaray, the Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security, has facilitated the release and repatriation of two Sierra Leonean nationals, Daniel Fanne Sesay and Alpha Bundu, who were allegedly trafficked from Sierra Leone to Thailand by illegal recruiters on the pretext of lucrative job opportunities in Thailand.
The two young men were arrested and detained by the Thai police upon arrival in Thailand. The Minister made this request through his Thai counterpart, Hon. Phiphat Ratohakit Prakaran, during a meeting on the side-lines of the first Global Labour Market Conference (GLMC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Government of Sierra Leone is concerned about their plight and is trying everything possible to not only get them out of prison but for them to return to Sierra Leone. The Minister requested the Thai government to facilitate their unconditional release and repatriation to Sierra Leone. In response, Thailand’s Minister of Labour, Phiphat Ratohakit Prakaran, assured that he would do all in his powers to ensure that the request is given utmost consideration and the two Sierra Leoneans are released and repatriated back to Sierra Leone.
The two ministers also discussed issues to foster collaboration and common interest to expand opportunities in the labour market for Sierra Leone and Thailand 1