Myanmar man arrested on charges of human trafficking

national June 21, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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A Myanmar man has been arrested over his alleged involvement in human trafficking and forced child labour after he "bought" three Myanmar children from their mother for Bt1,800 each, police said Saturday.

The police’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division yesterday announced the arrest of Maung Myang-U, 22, who allegedly paid the mothers of the three children, all aged under 15, and used them to sell roses to tourists on Bangkok streets.

The suspect, who was arrested at a rented room in Phra Nakhon district on Friday, also reportedly had to pay the Myanmar-based mothers Bt1,800 a month for each child, said division commander Maj-General Kittisak Durongkhawibul.

The arrest stemmed from public complaints over the children being forced to sell flowers to foreign tourists in the Khao San Road area, he said.

Police on Friday questioned an eight-year-old boy, who told police that he and six-year-old sister had been sold to Maung Myang-U by their mother nine months ago.


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