167 persons including 39 girls trafficked in 2020

By Nyein Nyein

A total of 111 human trafficking cases, involving over 167 victims, have been reported in 2020. Among them, 39 are young girls, according to the Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force.
Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force’s record showed 15 reported human trafficking cases in January, seven in February, nine in March, six each in April and May, 15 in June, 14 in July, 16 in August, six in September, four in October, eight in November and five in December.
Those reported cases involve 339 suspects and 167 victims, and forced marriage, forced sexual service and labour exploitation are reported. The trafficking cases were reported in China, Thailand, Malaysia and the domestic labour market. The majority of victims were sent to China for forced marriage, Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force reported.
Of 111 cases, 83 cases of forced marriages were reported in China, and one case occurred in Thailand, while the other three issues of forced marriage also happened in the domestic labour market. One case of forced prostitution was reported in Thailand. Twelve cases of forced sexual service and seven cases of labour exploitation occurred in the country. Two cases of labour exploitation in Malaysia, one issue of labour exploitation in China, and one surrogacy in China were reported.
Among the regions and states, Shan State witnessed 37 cases of human trafficking, followed by Yangon with 30 cases. Ten trafficking cases were registered each in Mandalay Region and Kachin State, seven in Ayeyawady Region, six in Bago Region, three in Taninthayi Region, two each in Magway Region and Nay Pyi Taw, and one each in Rakhine State, Kayin State, Mon State and Sagaing Region in 2020. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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