By Nyein Nyein
Myanmar reported on some 88 human trafficking cases in eight months of 2020. The issues involved 128 victims, including 28 children, according to the figures released by the Anti-Trafficking Police Force. Out of 88 cases, 15 cases happened in January, seven in February, nine in March, six each in April and May, 15 in June, 14 in July and 16 in August. The police arrested 236 offenders suspected of involvement in trafficking.
The human trafficking cases were reported in forced marriages, forced labour and forced prostitution. The victims were trafficked to China, Thailand and Malaysia as well as inside the country. Forced marriage was blamed for the main cause of trafficking in person in Myanmar, according to the Anti-Trafficking Police Force. Myanmar recorded 88 cases of human trafficking, 64 of which are related to the forced marriage to Chinese men, two to forced marriage in the country, 12 to forced prostitution in the country, six to forced labour in the country, two to forced labour to Malaysia, one to forced prostitution in the country and one to forced labour to China.
Moreover, most of Myanmar’s human trafficking cases in eight months were reported in Yangon Region with 26 cases, followed by Shan State with 25 cases and Mandalay Region with nine cases. There were also eight cases in Kachin State, seven cases in Ayeyawady Region, six cases in Bago Region, two cases each in Magway and Taninthayi regions, one case each in Rakhine State, Sagaing Region and Nay Pyi Taw. (Translated by Hay Mar)