Myanmar´s traffic


In yuan, 8.000. In dollars, 1,300. In euros, 1,100. That was the price for how much Khin Khin Oo was sold in the chinese market trafficking. This is what happens to many young ladies, mostly in Myanmar but also in other parts of Asia. In this case, her father “needed” to buy more heroin, that is way he sold her.

The child´s grandmother, Ma Shan, tells the incident. “My son is addicted to heroin, so we have no money” says while Soe Khin -her son- was staring with a blank look on his face from a couple of meters away in the darkness of the house. Ma Shan tells that, one day her son came to get his daughter to hers and after four days whithout knowing about her she started to worry and suspected the worst. Something was wrong. She turned into a detective and went to investigate the whereabouts of her disappeared granddaughter. She talked to some of the friends of Soe Khin. In the end she concluded that he was in financial trouble, “he lost all his money playing cards” she outlines.

This is when the Burmese police got involved. They found Soe Khin and he confessed that, with the help of a local woman, the father sold his daughter to a chinese dealer. The police followed the trail to the Chinese border town of Ruili, where they discovered that Khin Khin Oo had been sold again, this time for 12,000 -2,000 in dollars and 1,600 in euros- to a childless couple who wanted to adopt.

After a week and a joint venture with the chinese police, Khin Khin Oo was rescued and returned to his grandmother. The grandmother said she could not eat and she was so worried. Khin Khin Oo luckily had been well treated by the chinese partner. Apparently he never realized that she had been subjected to human trafficking. Her grandmother received her in Hankan. However, fearing for her safety, she sent her back to China to live with her aunt.

Mercifully this little girl had a happy end to her experience but still nowadays there are people not as lucky as Khin Khin Oo. The number of human trafficking cases continued to rise in Myanmar State, which borders China and Thailand, according to statistics released by the government’s anti-human trafficking team. In the first eight months of this year, there were 82 recorded cases of human trafficking throughout Myanmar: The cases involved 444 people: 392 of whom have been rescued. Of total, 325 were adult males, 119 adult females and 23 children.

The main destination is China, with Thailand coming in second. These include cases of forced marriage, forced labour, prostitution and child trafficking.

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