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Human traffic: Burma’s hidden trade

Trafficking has long been a serious issue in Southeast Asia and Burma is certainly no exception. War ravaged the region for decades giving ample scope for black markets.

Arms, narcotics and other items have long been trafficked and to the well-placed, parasitical and cynical opportunists of the region, people have been just another commodity and a profitable one at that. Burma’s decades of poor governance, myriad civil wars, and enduring poverty made its people a clear target for traffickers.

Behind these larger social issues of the world there are always people – individuals with individual stories. When faced with statistics trends and numbers, one should endeavor to be aware of the individual voices. Were it not for different circumstances, their stories could be ours.
Some twelve or so years ago, three 14-year-old girls came to Mae Sot. Two were Muslim and the other, Kayin. Their parents were migrants in the town and they wanted to work as well. There was a man, his nationality wasn’t given, who told the girls he could get them work in a factory. He met their parents and promised the same. So off the young girls went with the man.

To make a long story short, they never made it to the factory.
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 January 2013 19:21 )  

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