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Rural people in Myanmar easy prey to human trafficking: police
August 01,2014   By:Xinhua

YANGON, Aug.1,2014-- Rural people in Myanmar struggling to get rid of poverty are easy prey to human trafficking, state media reported Thursday, quoting township police officers in the Yangon region.

Kamayut township police officers said most victims of human trafficking in Myanmar are women, while children and men are also trafficked into other countries, mostly to Thailand, China and Malaysia.

Many girls end up as sex workers or are sold as brides while men and children are forced to work as laborers, the police said.

While some women are trafficked by their relatives, others are trafficked by agents who married them pretending they were in love, the police revealed.

Apart from immigration charges by other countries, some victims are infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases due to forced prostitution or work in the porn industry.

Myanmar started to crack down on human trafficking in 1997 and rehabilitation centers in border towns have been launched for victims.

According to Myanmar's Anti-Human Trafficking Police Corps, the authorities uncovered 32 human trafficking cases in the first five months of 2014, arresting 116 human traffickers and freeing 66 victims, including nine children.

From 2006 to 2013, Myanmar police exposed 999 human trafficking cases and arrested 2,757 human traffickers, involving 2,234 victims.

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