Myanmar to form more anti-human trafficking squads

14:13, July 19, 2011      

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Myanmar authorities will form more anti-human trafficking squads in some regions to curb cross-border smuggling of women persuaded by brokers, local media reported Monday.

The number of anti-human trafficking squads in Nay Pyi Taw, Chin and Kayah states and Bago region will increase to 26 from 22, the Weekly Eleven said.

Anti-human trafficking squads were first formed in the country in 2004.

As the first phase of the measure, the squad will target Shan state, followed by Yangon, Bago, Ayeyawaddy, Taninthayi, Sagaing Magway, Kayin and Mon regions and states.

Human trafficking were mainly found in 30 townships out of 300 across the country.

As part of the efforts to bring down human trafficking in the country, knowledge dissemination work such as distributing pamphlets containing information on human trafficking, erecting billboard, sticking stickers on city buses were done.

Myanmar has been cooperating with countries such as China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Russian Federation and Vietnam as well as the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in fight against human trafficking.

Over the past several years, through the actions of the Social Welfare Department, thousands of trafficked Myanmar people were reportedly repatriated from Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh, Jamaica and Singapore.

In 2010, a total of 381 Myanmar people including 292 women were trafficked, according to official statistics.

Source: Xinhua
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