Human Traffic Watch

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Child trafficking continues, but not fuelled by cyclone

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm
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Agencies feared children would be at greater risk of trafficking in the wake of Cyclone Nargis

When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May, leaving close to 140,000 people dead or missing, aid workers feared an increase in child trafficking from the region.

Burmese children have long been trafficked into Bangkok and other urban areas of Thailand where they are forced to sell flowers, beg or work in domestic service, according to World Vision. Others work in agriculture, fishing, construction and the sex industry, the NGO said.

Today they make up the largest proportion of foreign child labour, Thailand’s immigration detention centres report.

Source: IRIN News

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