By Nyein Nyein
A total of 98 human trafficking cases were reported in Myanmar in the past ten months of this year, with over 140 victims involved, according to the figures released by the Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force. During that period, more than 140 people, including 36 young girls, were victimized while 265 traffickers were arrested in connection with the cases, according to the official data.
There were 15 cases in January, seven in February, nine in March, six each in April and May, 15 in June, 14 in July, 16 in August, six in September and four in October. The reports of human trafficking cases involved forced marriages, forced labour and forced prostitution. The victims were trafficked to China, Thailand and Malaysia as well as inside the country with the majority of victims sent to China for forced marriage, according to the Anti-Trafficking Police Force. Out of 98 cases in the past ten months, 72 people were trafficked for forced marriage, two for forced marriage in Myanmar, 12 for forced prostitution within the country, seven for forced labour within the country, two for forced labour in Malaysia, one for forced prostitution in Thailand, one for forced labour in China and one for surrogacy in China.
During the period, human trafficking was most prevalent in Shan State, where with 31 cases were reported, followed by the Yangon Region with 28 cases, Mandalay Region with nine cases, Kachin State with eight cases, Ayeyawady Region with seven cases, Bago Region with six cases while Magway, Taninthayi regions and Nay Pyi Taw exposed two cases each and Rakhine State, Kayin State and Sagaing Region one case each, the official data showed. Under the 2005 Anti-Human Trafficking Law, human trafficking is punishable by 10-year imprisonment or life imprisonment with rigorous labour.(Translated by Hay Mar)