190 trafficking arrests, but none in Rakhine, figures reveal

YANGON — Nearly 200 people were arrested for human trafficking throughout the country in the seven months to the end of July, the Myanmar Police Force said last week.

None of the arrests for human trafficking took place in Rakhine State, the origin of thousands of the victims of the boat people crisis that occurred earlier this year after a crackdown on human smuggling gangs in Thailand.

The MPF anti-human trafficking task force told Frontier on August 14 that 121 women and 60 men were arrested in connection with 74 human trafficking cases detected during the period.

Shan State accounted for 20 cases, followed by Mandalay Region (14), Kachin State (10) and Yangon Region (9). The other cases were in Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magwe and Sagaing regions and Kayin and Mon states.

Most of the cases, 41, involved forced marriages to Chinese men, a task force spokesperson said. There were 18 cases involving forced labour, 13 involving prostitution and two of selling children.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar enters 2021 with more friends than foes
The early delivery of vaccines is one of the many boons of the country’s geopolitics, but to really take advantage, Myanmar must bury the legacy of its isolationist past.
Will the Kayin BGF go quietly?
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.

Support our independent journalism and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and analysis

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters.

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar