Myanmar reports 43 human trafficking cases in 5 months

By Nyein Nyein

A total of 43 cases of human trafficking were reported across the country in the first five months of 2020, according to the country’s anti-trafficking police force.
From January to May, 2020, 111 traffickers were coped with in connection with the cases while over 70 people including 11 children were victimized.
Among the 43 cases, a total of 15 cases were reported in January, seven in February, nine in March and six each in April and May. A total of 77 victims were involved while 111 suspected traffickers charged in cases during the five months of this year.
Forced marriage was blamed for the main cause of trafficking in person in Myanmar, followed by forced prostitution, labour exploitation or forced labour and illegal adoption. The victims were trafficked mostly to neighbouring countries such as China and Malaysia as well as domestically, according to the anti-trafficking police force.
Amongst the 43 cases in five months, about 26 cases involved forced marriages in China, one case of forced marriages in the country, eight cases of forced prostitution in the country, six cases of forced labour in the country and one case each of forced labour in Malaysia and China.
In five months, Yangon Region topped the list with 14 human trafficking cases, followed by Shan State with 10 cases, Mandalay with six cases, Kachin State with four cases, Ayeyawady with three cases, Bago with two cases and Taninthayi, Magway, Sagaing regions and Nay Pyi Taw with one each. (Translated by Hay Mar)

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