September 13, 2016

Women outnumber men in being victims of human trafficking in Myanmar

THE majority of people trafficked in Myanmar are women with 283 female victims accounting for 68.09 per cent of total (rescued) trafficked people. The number for men was 133 during the period from September 2015 to this September, according to a report released at a ceremony to mark Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Day in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Dr Daw Thet Thet Zin, Chair of Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, called on those willing to find a job abroad to seek reliable information before agreeing to any contract.
According to the International Labour Organisation’s new global estimate, nearly 21 million people, three out of every 1,000 people worldwide, are victims of forced labour, trapped in jobs they have been coerced or deceived into and which they cannot leave.
Lt-Col Thet Naung of the Anti-Human Trafficking  Police Corps said that no decline has been seen yet in the number of people trafficked yearly despite 127 arrests being made in human trafficking cases up until this September.
Hotlines have been set up in Nay Pyi Taw (ph: 0949555666 and 0949555777), Yangon (ph: 0949555999) Sittwe (ph: 0949670877 and 043 22909), Muse (ph: 082 52890), Kawthoung (ph: 059 5051981), Myawady (ph: 058 50262), Myanmar Embassies in the People’s Republic of China (ph:010 65320359) and Thailand (ph: 080456556) and the information centre of the Social Welfare Department (ph: 01 666619) to collect information about human trafficking. Phoe Thant


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