China top destination for Myanmar trafficking victims

China is the top destination for victims of human trafficking in Myanmar, the police anti-human trafficking task force said.

The task force said that out of the 239 anti-human trafficking cases recorded in 2019, 196 cases were forced marriage to Chinese nationals.

“There were 239 cases of trafficking in persons that we resolved nationwide. Of which, 196 cases had China as the destination,” said a member of the anti-human trafficking police force.

Human trafficking incidents to China include 188 cases of forced marriage, two cases of prostitution, one case of forced adoption, three cases of forced labour, and 2 cases of surrogacy, police said.

Police said it filed charges on the 732 suspects in all the cases.

The 239 cases comprised of 358 victims, 61 male and 297 female.

Aside from China, other destinations for the human trafficking cases are Thailand and Malaysia involving prostitution and forced labour.

“Yangon Region and Shan State has the most number of human trafficking incidents, recording 65 cases each,” the police officer said.

Other regions and states where human trafficking cases were reported were Mandalay, 28; Ayeyarwady, 28; Kachin, 25; Bago, 12; Mon, 4; Sagaing, 3; Kayin, 3; Nay Pyi Taw, 2; Tanintharyi, 2; Magwe, 1; and Chin, 1.

In 2018, there were only 206 cases of human trafficking reported across the country.  – Translated

Written by Toe Wai Aung
Source: Myanmar Times
Published on 9 January 2020

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