Myanmar steps up efforts against human trafficking

14:22, July 19, 2011      

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by Feng Yingqiu

The Myanmar authorities have taken some fresh measures in combating against human trafficking, targeting some major regions and states where such cases mostly occurred.

The authorities have formed 26 special police squads to curb cross-border trafficking of women persuaded by brokers.

As the first phase of the measure, the squad members targeted the country's Shan state, which will be followed by Yangon, Bago, Ayeyawaddy, Taninthayi, Sagaing Magway, Kayin and Mon regions and states.

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

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

Over the past several years, through the arrangement of the Social Welfare Department, thousands of trafficked Myanmar people were repatriated from neighboring Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh, Jamaica and Singapore as well as China's Macao and Taiwan.

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

The Myanmar anti-human trafficking squad at central level is working together with international non-governmental organizations to repatriate those victimized by social problems mostly linked with forced marriage, forced prostitution, forced labor, forced begging and child trafficking.

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