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Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day observed in Myanmar

Vice President U Nyan Tun views prize winning works of students at Anti-Human Trafficking Day ceremony.—MNA
Vice President U Nyan Tun views prize winning works of students at Anti-Human Trafficking Day ceremony.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw — Nay Pyi Taw — Myanmar observed Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day on Sunday for the third consecutive year.
This year’s theme was ‘Shared Responsibility for Anti-Trafficking in Persons” and an address was given by Vice President U Nyan Tun.
Myanmar identified human trafficking as a matter of national concern in 1997, with the Preventive Working Committee for Trafficking in Persons established on 17 July 2002.
In 2003, the Federation of Myanmar Women’s Affairs stepped up its mission in the fight against human trafficking by means of prevention, legal action and rehabilitation for victims. The mission launched mobile education campaigns to raise awareness of human trafficking in rural areas.
The government has been working in cooperation with ASEAN countries, as well as Australia and countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. The vice president said that the anti-trafficking in persons law was promulgated on 13 September 2005, with the Central Body for Suppression of Trafficking in Persons coming into existence the following year.
An anti-human trafficking police unit was set up in 2013 and the country laid down its first five-year plan for action to combat human trafficking in 2007. The second
five-year plan is about to enter its fourth year.
The vice president pointed out the need to create heightened levels of cooperation with international organisations and civil society groups to curbing trafficking. He recommend that stakeholders set up a fund for the victims of human trafficking.—MNA

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