By Nyein Nyein
Myanmar’s anti-human-trafficking police force has handled 106 human-trafficking cases in 11 months of 2020, and 160 victims of which were trafficked, according to Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force. The task 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 and eight in November.
During the 11 months, 106 human-trafficking cases involving 160 victims, including 37 children, were investigated and 296 suspects were charged.
Forced marriage, forced labour and forced prostitution were blamed for the cause of human trafficking in the country. The victims were trafficked to China, Thailand and Malaysia as well as inside the country with the majority of victims sent to China for forced marriage, according to the Anti-Trafficking Police Force. Myanmar recorded 106 cases of human trafficking, 79 of which were related to the forced marriage to Chinese men, two to forced marriage in the country, one to forced marriage in Thailand, 12 to forced prostitution in the country, seven to forced labour in the country, two to forced labour in Malaysia, one forced prostitution in Thailand, one to forced labour in China and one to surrogacy in China.
Shan state registered most trafficking cases with 35 cases, followed by the Yangon region with 29 cases, Mandalay with ten cases. The human trafficking cases were also reported in Kachin state with nine cases, Ayeyawady region with seven cases, Bago region with six cases, Magway, Taninthayi regions and Nay Pyi Taw with two cases each and Rakhine state, Kayin state, Mon state and Sagaing region with one case
each. Under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law, people who smuggle women and children are sentenced to at least ten years or up to life sentence or fine while money or property received through trafficking will be confiscated by the government. (Translated by Hay Mar)