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Burma Says It Will Pass Law Against Human Trafficking


Burma says it will introduce a new law against human trafficking by the middle of the year.

The head of Rangoon's anti-trafficking agency told reporters Monday the law will ensure traffickers get the maximum penalty for their crimes and allow police to freeze the property of traffickers and their accomplices.

The Myanmar Times said the law was drafted in accordance with the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.

The paper also said specially trained police officers will ensure that trafficking victims' confidentiality and dignity are respected.

The U.S. State Department has criticized the human trafficking industry in Burma and says the absence of a free flow of information there makes it difficult to estimate the extent of the problem.

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