Burma's state media report that a Burmese woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling two young women into prostitution in Malaysia.
The state-run newspaper "New Light of Myanmar" reports today that a Tachileik District court sentenced 41 year old Aye Naw under Burma's anti trafficking in person's law.
The report says she lured the young women by saying she had arranged jobs for them at a restaurant in a near-by Thai border town. Instead, she took them to a Malaysian border town where they were sold into prostitution.
The U.S. State Department lists Burma as a source country for men and women trafficked for purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. While Burma passed anti trafficking laws in 2005, the State Department says the government has made
only minimal progress in prosecuting traffickers.
Information for this report is provided by AP.