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September 22, 2018

Anti-trafficking police: Do not spread fake news about missing children

The anti-trafficking police have requested people to avoid spreading fake news about missing people to their guardians.
Our responsibility is to find the missing children. Whenever we call up their guardians, they are always crying because they worry about their children. So, we cannot ask them for any information. Some of the guardians post their children’s photos and contact numbers on social media. We have to say thanks to the people who share the photos of missing children. But some people contact the mentioned number and share misinformation, such as claiming to have seen the child and that the child was being followed by a man on a motorbike, and things like that. When we attempt to find these witnesses, we discover their addresses are wrong and their phones are switched off. Therefore, we want to tell them that if they don’t want to help us, it is fine, but please do not mislead us, said the anti-trafficking press release, issued on 5 July.
The anti-trafficking police came across information on social media concerning two high school students who live in Kayin Ahmyothar Ward, Kyimyindine Township, and went missing on 2 July. The students were found in Nan Taw Yar Ward, Bago Township, on 8 July according to the anti-trafficking police.
The anti-trafficking police are conducting awareness education in states and regions to reduce the number of human trafficking cases. A total of 176 persons were trafficked in 107 cases reported from January to June this year.
According to the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, there are seven types of trafficking crimes, with 69.7 per cent of trafficking caused by forced marriage, 13.6 per cent by the sex trade, 10 per cent by labour exploitation and forced labour, 4.8 per cent by child trafficking, 1.4 per cent by slavery, 0.3 per cent by forced fostering and 0.2 per cent by sexual exploitation.
According to reports on transnational human trafficking, 80 per cent of victims are sent to China, 10 per cent to Thailand and 6 per cent to Malaysia. Domestically, there is a 4 per cent occurrence of human trafficking. Women account for 85 per cent of trafficking victims, including mostly minors. Child trafficking constitutes 4.38 per cent of the crimes.
According to the 2005 Anti-Trafficking in Person Law, people who traffic women and children shall be given a minimum 10-year imprisonment or maximum life imprisonment or fined. Money or property received from trafficking
will be confiscated by the government.

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