16 people trafficked to Thailand sent back

An official hands over compensation to a victim trafficked to Thailand. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
An official hands over compensation to a victim trafficked to Thailand. Photo: Myanmar News Agency

Some 16 Myanmar nationals, including 14 men and two women, who were trafficked to Thailand were sent back to Myanmar through an arrangement with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security on the morning of 28 February 2018 at Myawady temporary reception centre. Furthermore, a trafficked Myanmar man and woman who were returned to Myanmar on 4 August 2014 were paid compensation. The compensation was 600,000 Thai baht for the man and 300,000 baht for the woman, together totalling 900,000 baht.
The transfer of the 16 persons was made in the presence of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Department of Rehabilitation Director General U Win Naing Tun, Saranapat Anumatrajkit from Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Police General Tamasak Wicharaya of the Royal Thai Police and Police Attache Khemmarin Hasiri, Embassy of Thailand, in Myanmar.
The compensation payments were first accepted by U Win Naing Tun and then immediately handed over directly to the two trafficked persons.
The 16 Myanmar nationals were then taken to the Mawlamyine youth training school and vocational training school, where travel documents will be issued to those who did not have or had lost their identity cards. They will be interviewed by the Anti-Trafficking Police Force to expose the human trafficker(s), after which they will be sent back to their respective homes. The work of rescuing them and obtaining compensation for them is being jointly conducted by the Department of Rehabilitation, General Administration Department, Anti-Trafficking Police Force, Immigration Department and National Registration Department, with the cooperation of the Women Affairs Federation, International Organisation for Migration, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and World Vision. —Myanmar News Agency

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