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Anti-Human Trafficking: Myanmar Anti-Trafficking Day Observed In Yangon

13 September 2018

The ceremony for Myanmar Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day was held at Drug Museum in Yangon on Thursday. Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Phyo Min Thein attended the ceremony and delivered a speech.

After the speech, a 10 minute video presentation about the efforts for the elimination of human-trafficking in person was shown to the attendees.

The law of anti trafficking in person was enacted on 13th September, 2005 and that day was chosen to mark Myanmar Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day. This is the 6th anniversary of holding ceremony on this day.

Commander, Anti-Human Trafficking police force (Yangon Region), Police Col. Khin Mg Kywe said “Yangon region is the most populous area in the whole country. If we look back to 2017, there are 225 cases all over the country and we’ve revealed and solved 60 in Yangon region. This ceremony is organized with the aim of sharing knowledge and disseminating the national duties to the citizens and calling for the cooperation of the public to tip us off such cases.”

In conjunction with the ceremony, the prizes were presented to the winners in the respective competitions on human-trafficking issues organized marking this significant day.  Essay writing awards, Comic awards and Poem awards were given to 36 high school student.

1st prize winner, Comic competition, Yarzar Soe said “At first, I knew only about the human trafficking but then dad told me about the laws and I got an idea to draw the comic related laws for anti-human trafficking issues. I’m happy that I won the prize.”

In Myanmar human trafficking cases 74.34% are related to China, 4.37% to Thailand, 0.29% to Malaysia and 21.28% within the country. Forced labour, forced marriage, sexually exploitation, forced adopting; debt bondage are the five types which happen mostly in Myanmar.

1st prize winner, Poem competition, Khin Mar Lwin said “As there are many human trafficking cases took place recently, I wrote my poems based on that. I think human trafficking is selfishly selling other people for their own good.”

During 2018, until recently 38 cases took place and the most happening cases are forced marriage, sexually exploitation and the forced labor.