August 19, 2016

219 victims saved in August

Police saved 219 victims of human trafficking in August, including 11 women and two children, from being sold into forced labour, marriage and prostitution in China, Thailand and Malaysia, according to the figures released by Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division.
Last month, police exposed eight cases, six in Shan State and one each in Rakhine State and Yangon Region.
According to the figures, police investigation has been made into 82 cases in the past eight months, with 392 victims saved, 165 traffickers arrested and 78 suspects on the run.
From 2006 up to August this year, the number of human trafficking cases across the country hit 1,205, the figures were quoted as stating that 2,394 people were rescued and 2,196 traffickers brought to justice.
Myanmar’s Central Body for Suppression of Trafficking in Persons is now rewriting the current Anti-trafficking in Persons Law, Police Lt-Col Khin Maung Hla said, adding that the law needs amending in order to close existing loopholes.
According to the annual Trafficking in Persons report published in July by the United States, Myanmar remains in Tier 2 of the ‘trafficking in persons’ watch list comprising countries that fail to fully comply with minimum anti-trafficking standards.


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