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Myanmar: Illegal fishery and fishing raft operations result in human trafficking, says Dr. Aung Naing Oo February 12,2020   |  Source: BNI Online

Illegal fishing industries and fishing rafts are the leading causes of human trafficking in Ye Township. Dr. Aung Naing Oo, the parliamentary representative for Chaungzone Township Constituency (1) during a presentation at the Mon State Hluttaw15th regular session held yesterday. “I want to point out that human trafficking, and [other] criminal activities are occurring in the illegal fishing boats, fishing blocks, and fishing rafts [sector]. These are the root causes of human rights violations,” said Dr. Aung Naing Oo.

In July 2019, MNA reported on the rise of human trafficking on the east coast of Myanmar. ‘Brokers’ from the fishing industry take advantage of fisher folk in the off season, typically forcing these individuals to work on fishing rafts or other projects by force including threatening the workers that if they don’t work, they will be thrown of the fishing rafts and into the sea.

According to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law of Myanmar established in 2005, human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transfer, hiring, sale, purchase, lending, harboring or receipt of a person after committing acts of exploitation of a person with or without his consent. Dr. Aung Naing, Oo, stressed the need to take serious action against these activities.

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