Exploited woman returns home following Thai court hearing

A MYANMAR woman was allowed to return home together with her mother yesterday following a three-week hearing at Surat’s court in Thailand, according to the Myanmar Association in Thailand (MAT), a social organisation helping troubled Myanmar people in the neighbouring country.
Ma Aye Aye Soe was a victim of human trafficking, working under illegal and inhumane conditions in Thailand for five years, the court heard. Thai authorities handed over the victim to her mother Daw Aye Win for repatriation.
“This is the first time that our people standing trial in Thailand (for illegal immigration status) have been handed over,” said lawyer U Aung Myo Thant, who is also an advisor to the Myanmar Association in Thailand.
Medical expert witnesses testified that Ma Aye Aye Soe was not yet 15 when she was smuggled into Thailand from her hometown of Inlaymyaing in Myeik township.
A joint anti-human trafficking squad comprising officers from Myanmar and Thailand rescued her from the hotel she was working in on 2 September.—Soe Win (SP)

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