Trafficked Burmese Children Rescued in Chiang Mai
Eight children were rescued by Thai police from an apartment in Chiang Mai on Tuesday. The children, who were from 3 to 14 years old, were held by three Burmese citizens who were forcing them to beg for money. Thai police said the captors lured or stole the children from their homes in Burma.
Human trafficking is common in Burma and Thailand. Men, women and children are trafficked for sex work, marriage or menial labor. Burma is often a source of trafficked people as well as an intermediate stop for people trafficked from other countries. The US State Department has given Burma the lowest ranking, and Thailand a middle ranking, for not complying with the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act.
PHR supports the efforts of the Thai authorities to stop trafficking, an urges them to do more to combat this human rights violation throughout Thailand.