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Anti-Trafficking Efforts: Yangon Marks 5th Myanmar Anti-Trafficking In Persons Day

13 September 2017

The number of human-trafficking cases has doubled in Yangon Region. Efforts are being made to fight against human trafficking, and cartoon, poem, painting and essay competitions are part of it. Prize awarding for the competition was involved in the ceremony marking the 5th Myanmar Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day in Yangon on Wednesday.

To combat human-trafficking, awareness raising, prevention, legal actions and cooperation with international organizations have been carried out in the 3rd 5-year Anti-human Trafficking project.

Head, Anti-Human Trafficking Police Corps (Yangon), Police Major Khin Maung Kywe said “The third 5-year project is from 2017 to 2021. During the period, we will work for awareness raising, prevention, legal actions and cooperation with international organizations. Public cooperation in anti-human trafficking is increased. But in Yangon Region, number of cases has increased.”

There were 131 human trafficking cases across the country in 2016 – from the beginning of 2017 till August – the number of cases is 145. Among the efforts and activities, cartoon, poem, painting and essay competition are to raise awareness among the young people.

Second Prize Winner, Essay Competition, Nway Yu Yu Hlaing said “I gained knowledge from reading as I prepared for my essay for the competition. I also shared what I got with my friends. I got to know that trafficking started in the 16th century and human trafficking followed. Even relatives and friends trafficked – my essay is about it.”

September 13th is defined as Myanmar Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day to honor the forming of anti human trafficking police force. Myanmar Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day falls on September 13 every year when Anti-human Trafficking Law was enacted.