After signing an agreement in the United States on the Cyber Tipline Remote Access Policy, Thai authorities will now be able to access reports from the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman, Busadee Santipitaks, Pol Col Gen Tamask, head of Thailand Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (TICAC), signed the agreement with NCMEC president and CEO, John Clark, at the NCMEC’s office in Virginia on Monday.
As TICAC and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are setting up the systems to work together, the task force is recruiting and making preparations for officer training, said Pol Lt. Gen Tamask. He also told the Bangkok Post that the TICAC staff will grow from four to fifteen.
TICAC began in 2015, and has already worked with both the FBI and HSI. Previously, HSI would send about thirty reports to TICAC a year, he said.
Take a look at the ICAC center in Thailand, which opened earlier this year through collaboration and funding from O.U.R. :
Those who witnessed for the report signing included the U.S. State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the HSI, representatives from the Thai embassy in Washington D.C., Royal Thai Police Commissioner of Legal Affairs and Litigation Pol Lt Gen Jaruvat Vaisaya, and the acting deputy assistant director, HSI International Operations David Prince.
Thai ambassador to the U.S., Pisan Manawapat, claims that this agreement reveals the strong partnership between Thailand and the U.S. to end child exploitation and guarantee that criminals are brought to justice.
According to Busadee, this information has brought success to investigations of human trafficking.
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