Return of trafficked victims from Thailand discussed

The 23rd Myanmar-Thailand Case Management Meeting on Return and Reintegration of Victims of Trafficking held in Yangon on 6 August. Photo: Myint Maung
The 23rd Myanmar-Thailand Case Management Meeting on Return and Reintegration of Victims of Trafficking held in Yangon on 6 August. Photo: Myint Maung

The 23rd coordination meeting for the safe return of victims trafficked to Thailand from Myanmar was held on Thursday at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon.
The meeting was attended by U Win Naing Tun, the Director-General of the Rehabilitation Department under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement; 26 Myanmar representatives; and, 20 Thailand representatives, led by Ms Usanee Kangwanjit, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
At the coordination meeting, the attendees discussed matters relating to the protection of victims trafficked from Myanmar, who are being accommodated at care centres under Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. They also discussed enabling trafficking victims to enjoy their rights and benefits fully and their safe return to Myanmar.
“We have been holding these meetings biannually since 2008. Our aim for convening these meetings is to get back our Myanmar trafficked victims safely. We have already welcomed 800 victims back, and we are discussing the return of another 600 victims from Thailand,” said Daw Khine Su Lwin, the Assistant Director of the Protection of Trafficked Victims Division under the Rehabilitation Department.
Victims trafficked from Myanmar to Thailand are returning through three routes: Myawady–Mae Sot, Tachilek-Mae Sai, and Kawthoung-Ranong, she added.
The 24th coordination meeting for the return of Myanmar trafficked victims will be held in Thailand.—Myint Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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