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Myanmar hails US government’s human trafficking report

YANGON, June 28 (Xinhua) — Myanmar official media said on Thursday that a recent report by the U.S. government on human trafficking for 2012 indicated Myanmar’s progress in this regard.

Myanmar was put to Tier-2 watch list from Tier-3, the lowest level over the years.

The report acknowledged measures taken by Myanmar against human trafficking, such as setting up hotline to respond to public complaints and forming 16,589 community-based watch groups to guard against human trafficking, the New Light of Myanmar reported.

The report also includes Myanmar’s implementation of the plan on elimination of forced labor in cooperation with the International Labor Organization (ILO), legislation of new laws to deal with forced labor and efforts to protect its workers in Thailand, it said.

The country has been implementing a five-year plan on putting human trafficking under control.

Statistics show that Myanmar has taken action to thwart 2,328 human traffickers since 2006.

The U.S. government ranks the position by reviewing the efforts by nations in the fight against human trafficking after evaluating the lowest norm included in the provisions of the law on Protection of Victims against Human Trafficking-2010.

The Tier-3 in this year’s report includes 17 countries out of a total of 186 nations in the world. Financial sanctions will be imposed against them if they fail to show significant progress in 90 days.

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Written by Kham

28/06/2012 at 7:24 pm

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