Buthidaung: Local police have arrested a woman from Buthidaung in northern Arakan State on charges of trafficking young women from the town.
The woman was identified as Daw Khin Myo Win, a resident of Buthidaung, and she was arrested in 8 January after being reported to the police by her victims, said local residents.
“She was the talk of the town for her trafficking racket for a long time, but was arrested just after some of the girls whom she had trafficked had come back to the town and reported her to the police,” said one of the residents.
A source close to the local police also confirmed the woman’s arrest.
“The district-level police forces for anti-human trafficking arrested her on 8 January. Some of her victims reported her to the police when they came back to their town after they had been sent by her to Thailand on promises of some specific jobs, but were sold for prostitution after arriving there,” said the source.
The source added that the woman is now being detained in the prison in Buthidaung for further investigations and has been charged under human trafficking law sections 24 and 32, for luring and selling a human being for profit.
According to the sources, there are traffickers who lure and sell the young women into prostitution for their own profit, taking advantage of the situation in which most of the young people are leaving for job opportunities in other regions in Burma with better economies as well as Thailand and Malaysia, due to the economic crisis and scarcity of jobs in their area in Arakan State.
On 25 October, 2011, a woman who attempted to smuggle out 18 women, including 15-year-old girls, on Shwepyithit Bus was arrested en-route to the Thai border by police at the gate of Nyaungpinzay in Mrauk-U in Arakan State.