YANGON- The 6th anniversary of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day was held in major cities such as Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein attended the event held at the Drug Elimination Museum. He said that the funding was not able to be established separately with the aim to support the trafficked persons. “We need to safeguard those trafficked persons in accordance with the basic social rights and UN Convention Law. Although there has been inequality in safeguarding the victims around the world, it is still needed to strive for the equal preventive measures against the trafficked people. But, we have no specific funds to support in providing assistance for the victims. So, we need to set up the funds separately for the victims of human trafficking,” said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
Likewise, a ceremony to mark 7th Anniversary of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day was held at the Mandalay City Hall and it was attended by Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung who gave the speeches. “I would like to urge all citizens to fight against human trafficking,” said Dr Zaw Myint Maung.
On the occasion, the representative from the UNICEF read out the message sent by the UN Secretary General as well as pamphlets for eradication of human trafficking were distributed, documentary photos including video files of victims were displayed and drama about the human trafficking was also shown.
Vice President Henry Van Thio also addressed at the 6th Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day held in Nay Pyi Taw saying that Myanmar faced the challenges about the human trafficking. Moreover, it was very difficult to arrest the human traffickers who hide at the abroad and to evacuate those trafficked persons from abroad. It was also needed to create job opportunities for the victims. Likewise, the 6th Myanmar Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day ceremony was held in Bago, Hpa-an and Myawady Townships in Kayin State and Taunggyi in Shan State.
As Shan State has many border exits, it saw the highest record in human trafficking across the country. There were 151 human trafficking cases from January to July this year, according to sources from Myanmar’s Anti-Human Trafficking Police Force. Among those cases, most happened in Shan State with 44 cases. According to the police Force, the smaller number of women compared to male population in China has led to human trafficking cases in which Myanmar women are sold into forced marriages.
“In China, the ratio of men to women is very high. Men are much more. That’s why they purchase Myanmar women through brokers. Brokers Lure Myanmar women with intent to sell them to China. These are human trafficking cases,” said an Officer of the Police Force.