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Over 170 people smuggled in Myanmar in 10 months, 502 suspects arrested

5 month ago, 08-Nov-2018

Coast Guard members with Rohingya refugees and alleged traffickers in Teknaf coast guard station in Bangladesh. AFP photo

YANGON:A total of 177 people were smuggled in Myanmar in the first10 months of 2018, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted anti-human trafficking police as reporting yesterday.

Chinas Xinhua News Agency reported that in connection with the cases during the period, 502 suspects were arrested and 277 victims were rescued.

In addition, the police busted 136 cases of forced marriage, 24 cases of forced prostitution, 11 cases of labour exploitation, three cases of illegal surrogacy and one case of forced child sale.

The human trafficking victims were primarily sent to domestic markets and neighbouring countries including China and Thailand.

Myanmars Shan state topped the number of cases, followed by Yangon and Mandalay regions and Kachin state.

Myanmars government has set up a liaison office for anti-human trafficking with its counterpart in China and Thailand, while participating in cooperation with six countries in the Mekong region and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

According to the 2005 Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law, people who smuggle women and children are to be sentenced to at least 10 years or up to a lifetime sentence or a fine.

Money or property received through trafficking will be confiscated by the government under that law. Bernama


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