Myanmar steps up efforts against human trafficking (2)

14:22, July 19, 2011      

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So far, 348 trafficked victims were sent back to Myanmar, of whom 183 from China, 14 from Thailand and Malaysia, 10 from Indonesia and 7 from Timor-Leste.

Domestically, Shan state-North, Yangon region, Kachin state, Mon state and Mandalay region stood the areas where most of the human trafficking cases occurred.

Myanmar's special police squads have warned against the trafficking of women across the border to foreign countries through persuasion and calling on people to take vigilance against such brokers who used to persuade awareness-lacking women to get married to some foreign businessmen to attain their targets.

As one of the measures in prevention against occurrence of more such cases, the Myanmar authorities gave educative talks in border areas.

According to the report finding of a five-year anti-human trafficking program (2006-2010) of the authorities, most human trafficking cases occurred with Myanmar's Shan state-North and Yangon region out of five main regions and states over the past five years.

A total of 253 human trafficking cases were reported in Shan state-North with 161 offenders arrested, while 73 such cases were registered in Yangon's 10 townships with 96 charged, said the anti- human trafficking authorities at central level.

The specific areas in Shan state-North where human trafficking cases were rampant are Kutkai, Laukkai, Muse and Thipaw, while those areas in Yangon division packed with such crimes are Hlaingtharya, Thanlyin, North Okkalapa and Dagon Seikkan.

Another three-year similar program is being continuously implemented starting 2011.

In dealing with repatriated victims, the government made arrangements to help them undergo vocational training mainly at the cottage industry in Mawlamyaing, Mon state and then sent back to their native towns for reunification with their respective families.

The government has so far built eight rehabilitation centers offering educational programs and vocational skills training for the returned victims.

Myanmar promulgated the anti-human trafficking law in 2005 and has been cooperating with the international community in combating human trafficking and carrying out rescue and rehabilitation programs for trafficked victims.

Neighboring countries and organizations with which Myanmar is cooperating include China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Russian Federation, Vietnam, the United Nation organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO).

To promote cooperation with neighboring countries in cracking down on human trafficking at the basic level, Myanmar has so far set up border liaison offices in Muse with China and in Tachilek, Myawaddy and Kawthoung with Thailand

Coordination is also being made for the move involving the UNODC and UN Inter Agency Project (UNIPA) on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

Source: Xinhua

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