15 human trafficking cases reported in January


Fifteen cases of human trafficking were reported across the country in January, according to the anti-trafficking police.
Officials booked 28 offenders and rescued 27 victims — 10 males, 14 females, and three children, according to official statistics provided by the anti-trafficking police.
Of the total cases, three were from Ayeyawady, two each from Mandalay and Yangon, one each from Bago and Nay Pyi Taw regions, and three each from Shan and Kachin states.
There were 10 cases involving forced marriage to Chinese men, one case of forced labour, and four cases of domestic forced labour.
About 239 cases of trafficking-in-persons were reported in 2019, and most of them concerned forced marriages to Chinese men, according to the anti-trafficking police.
Between January and December, 2019, about 732 offenders were booked and 358 victims were rescued in 239 cases of trafficking in persons.
Shan State and Yangon Region topped the list with 65 human trafficking cases each, followed by Mandalay and Ayeyawady Regions with 28 cases each, Kachin State with 25 cases, Bago Region with 12 cases, Mon State with four, Sagaing Region and Kayin State with three each, Nay Pyi Taw and Taninthayi Region with two each, and Magway Region and Chin State with one each.
According to the 2005 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law, those found guilty of trafficking women and children shall face a minimum 10-year imprisonment or a maximum life imprisonment, or a fine. Any money or property received through trafficking will be confiscated by the government.
The government has also deployed an anti-human trafficking police unit in the border areas. The police unit has been taking action against traffickers under the 2005 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law.—Aye Cho (Translated by Hay Mar)

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