August 18, 2016

Police uncover nearly 60 human trafficking cases in first half of year

Myanmar’s Trafficking in Persons Division exposed nearly 60 cases within the first half of this year, arresting 98 traffickers but other 67 on the lamb. Authorities uncovered 12 cases in January, 12 cases in February, 10 cases in March, four cases in April, three cases in May and 16 cases in June.
Police rescued nearly 130 victims who were sold into forced labour and forced marriage in neighbouring countries between January and June this year.
26 cases originated from Shan State, the highest in the country, followed by Kachin State with eight cases and Yangon with six cases. Mandalay, Sagaing, Taninthayi, Magwe and Aye-yawady regions as well as Kayin, Mon and Rakhine states have all  fewer than six cases but there are no reports of human trafficking cases in the capital Nay Pyi Taw and Bago Region this year.
Human trafficking is a serious issue in developing countries. Most Myanmar victims were sold into forced marriages in China and forced labour in Thailand, with the majority of them being hapless women.—GNLM


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