Human Traffic Watch

Kachin State Conflict Increases Human Trafficking to China: Report

In Human Trafficking on June 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm
Children eat dinner at a temporary camp on Sino-Burmese border for people displaced by fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). (Photo: Reuters)

Children eat dinner at a temporary camp on Sino-Burmese border for people displaced by fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). (Photo: Reuters)

The Burmese government’s offensive against Kachin rebels in northern Burma has greatly increased the risk of human trafficking along the Sino-Burmese border, according to a Kachin rights advocacy group.

In its new report, titled “Pushed to the Brink” and launched at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok, the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) said that more than 100,000 displaced Kachin refugees lack refugee protections and face shortages of humanitarian aid. Such hardships are helping to fuel the trafficking of children and women to China.

Julia Marip, an advocate for the ethnic Kachin and spokeswoman for KWAT, told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that in the two years since a ceasefire broke down between the government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), about 66,000 people have been displaced in KIO-controlled areas alone.

With humanitarian aid to the region being withheld or blocked by Burmese authorities, refugees including children and women have been forced into labor on the Sino-Burmese border, with some even crossing into China in search of work.

Source: The Irrawady

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