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Illicit Drugs and trafficking in persons, especially women and children, are historically Thailand's most notorious organised crime problems. The Jao Pho groups and the United Wa State Army have been identified as two of the most influential and widespread criminal organisations in Thailand. Thailand's criminal law currently contains no specific provision relating to organised crime. The Penal Code of 1956 - which derives principally from French criminal law - contains general provisions relating to 'instigation of a criminal offence' and assisting and facilitating criminal offences. Thailand signed the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime at the opening ceremony in Palermo, Italy but has yet to implement it into domestic law. At the time of the inception of the Palermo Convention, the Thai Government also set up an enhanced anti-organised crime policy.

Keywords: Convention against Transnational Organised Crime; Jao Pho; organised crime; Palermo Convention; Thailand



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