Human trafficking can be combatted by raising wages
NO plans have been made to increase penalties for people involved in human trafficking, as the country’s current Anti-trafficking in Persons Law was written based on the laws of the ASEAN countries , said Police Col Khin Maung Hla of the Anti-trafficking in Persons Division.
The range of penalties for human trafficking offenders is described in sections 24, 25, 26 and 27 of Chapter 9 of the Anti-trafficking in Persons Law, enacted in 2005.
According to the law, one convicted of trafficking women, children or youths shall be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison, while a person convicted of trafficking other persons shall receive a sentence of three years.
Police Col Khin Maung Hla said those sentences are already longer than those handed down in neighbouring countries.
To amend the loopholes in all sections of the 2005 law, the Central Body for the Suppression of Trafficking in Persons, in cooperation with local and foreign experts, reviewed it throughout 2015.
Major amendments were made to Section 3 of the law. The amendments pertain to the submission of clear and convincing evidence, providing care for victims and rehabilitation programmes.
The amendments to the law will be enacted next year after they are approved by parliament, he said.
“The number of human trafficking cases will decline if the country can create more job opportunities and pay the same salary rates as in the neighbouring countries,” the police colonel said.
According to official figures, more than 2,000 traffickers were brought to justice between 2006 and December of this year.