Trade in women’s misery; trafficking reaches flash point


Written by Shyamal Sarkar

Sunday, 31 August 2008 00:00

It is no coincidence that in a country where the army and other law enforcing agencies abuse women, using them as sex slaves, raping and murdering with impunity, that trafficking in women should be on the rise. While this is true for many parts of Burma, Kachin State on the Sino-Burma border seems to bearing the brunt of this social malaise where women are trafficked mostly to China.

This alarming in trend in trafficking in women from Kachin State to neighbouring China has been highlighted and documented in “Eastward Bound” by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) based in Thailand.

Increasing numbers of Kachin women are being trafficked as brides to China. The phenomenon is the cumulative fallout of the deteriorating political and economic situation in Burma. Finding little option, in a country where jobs are scarce and women are not only at the receiving end but are prey to bands of Burmese Army soldiers and other members of other law enforcing agencies, women desperate to eke out a living for themselves and their families chose to migrate to China.

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