August 19, 2016

Police rescue 406 human trafficking victims this year

MYANMAR’S Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division has investigated 89 human trafficking cases in the past nine months, arresting 172 traffickers. However, 88 suspects remained at large, according to police figures.
Between January and September this year, police also rescued 406 victims of human trafficking. The victims had been sold in neighbouring countries, including China, Thailand and Malaysia to engage in forced labour, marriage and prostitution, a division spokesperson said.
According to figures released by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, Shan State tops the chart for human trafficking with 25 cases, followed by Mandalay Region with 15 cases, Kachin State with 12 cases and Yangon with 11 cases.
Bago, Sagaing, Magway and Ayeyawady regions and Kayin, Mon and Rakhine each all had fewer than seven cases, and there have been no reports of human trafficking cases in Nay Pyi Taw and Taninthayi Region this year.
Last year, authorities investigated 124 cases, saving 309 victims and arresting 367 traffickers.—Than Oo (Lay Myat Hnar)


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