Family fear for trafficked teen

14 November 2019
Family fear for trafficked teen
China-Muse trade route at Muse in northern Shan State. Photo: Mizzima

The family of a 17-year-old Myanmar woman trafficked to China more than a year and a half ago said Wednesday that relatives recently had contact with her but they fear that her Chinese abductor might sell her again, amid efforts by NGOs and anti-human trafficking authorities to locate and rescue her, RFA reported.

In April 2018, a local couple from the teenager’s neighbourhood in Taungoo township in Bago region told her they could arrange for her to get a job in China, where salaries for blue-collar work are higher than they are in Myanmar, the young woman’s mother said.

Unbeknownst to the young woman, Thuzar Aye, the couple were brokers for human traffickers, and once she was in their hands, the person for whom they worked sold her to a Chinese man in the border town of Ruili across the river from Muse in Shan state, her mother said.