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Myanmar: Trafficking of Myanmar college student sparks probe into fishing industry abuses November 28,2019   |  Source: Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s top human rights body said Wednesday it will investigate the domestic fishing industry’s use of workers sold to operators by human traffickers following a case involving a university student who went missing for weeks after being abducted by alleged traffickers. Myat Thura Tun, a history major at Dagon University in Yangon, was trafficked by brokers on Oct. 2 and sold to the operators of a fishing raft in Kha Pyat village, Pyapon township, in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region, for 700,000 kyats (U.S. $456), according to local media reports.

He had worked on the raft for about 45 days when his family tracked him down and secured his release last week after paying 800,000 kyats (U.S. $521). The boy was physically and mentally traumatized, with the upper part of his left ear cut off and injuries on the rest of his body. Myat Thura Tun indicated that he had been tortured by a supervisor on the raft, local media said. Earlier this week, Myo Nyunt, spokesman of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), told the Myanmar media organization Mizzima that the party would work with the regional government in handling the case, meet with the victim, and discuss ways to eliminate human trafficking.

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) will conduct a team

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