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A mother from a village in Mandalay region has been arrested after allegedly coercing her 14-year-old daughter into marrying a 58-year-old man and standing by while he raped her.


Police said that the mother sold her daughter for one million kyat (roughly $750) to a Chinese national named Ah Tay last month. 


She was arrested alongside Ah Tay and his translator, Aung Myint, his employee Chit Ko and the village administrator, Myint Swe, who allegedly told the girl she had to have sex with the man because they were married. 


Ah Tay runs a chilli farm where the girl had been working as a labourer, and where Chit Ko worked as the foreman.


The five were charged for rape or being an accessory to rape, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, as well as a section of the anti-trafficking law that carries a maximum 20-year sentence.  


This Chinese man wanted the underage girl, said Police Chief Myo Zin, of the eleventh anti-human trafficking task force.


He asked for help from a translator and the foreman. With the village administrators help, they gave 10 lakhs to the girls mom. On the same day that they asked for her hand in marriage, they took her away, he added. 


After he had taken her, Ah Tay tried to coerce the girl into sex but she refused, so he asked the mother and village administrator to convince her, police said, and then raped her.


The village administrator told her, youre legally married, you must sleep with him. said Myo Zin. 


When Ah Tay left the room in his house where he raped her at around three in the morning the mother was waiting outside, he added.  


Four days after the forced marriage, the girl ran away and found her uncle on her fathers side.


She came to me asking for help. So I connected her with the Womens Affairs Federation, said the uncle. He also filed cases against the mother, Ah Tay, and their alleged accomplices at the local police station. 


Officially, Mandalay recorded just 28 trafficking cases in 2018 and 2019, the majority being young women forced into marriage with Chinese nationals. Advocates say the vast majority of trafficking cases go unreported. 


Source: https://www.myanmar-now.org

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Burmese mother arrested for forcing daughter, 14, into marriage

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A mother from a village in Mandalay region has been arrested after allegedly coercing her 14-year-old daughter into marrying a 58-year-old man and standing by while he raped her.


Police said that the mother sold her daughter for one million kyat (roughly $750) to a Chinese national named Ah Tay last month. 


She was arrested alongside Ah Tay and his translator, Aung Myint, his employee Chit Ko and the village administrator, Myint Swe, who allegedly told the girl she had to have sex with the man because they were married. 


Ah Tay runs a chilli farm where the girl had been working as a labourer, and where Chit Ko worked as the foreman.


The five were charged for rape or being an accessory to rape, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, as well as a section of the anti-trafficking law that carries a maximum 20-year sentence.  


This Chinese man wanted the underage girl, said Police Chief Myo Zin, of the eleventh anti-human trafficking task force.


He asked for help from a translator and the foreman. With the village administrators help, they gave 10 lakhs to the girls mom. On the same day that they asked for her hand in marriage, they took her away, he added. 


After he had taken her, Ah Tay tried to coerce the girl into sex but she refused, so he asked the mother and village administrator to convince her, police said, and then raped her.


The village administrator told her, youre legally married, you must sleep with him. said Myo Zin. 


When Ah Tay left the room in his house where he raped her at around three in the morning the mother was waiting outside, he added.  


Four days after the forced marriage, the girl ran away and found her uncle on her fathers side.


She came to me asking for help. So I connected her with the Womens Affairs Federation, said the uncle. He also filed cases against the mother, Ah Tay, and their alleged accomplices at the local police station. 


Officially, Mandalay recorded just 28 trafficking cases in 2018 and 2019, the majority being young women forced into marriage with Chinese nationals. Advocates say the vast majority of trafficking cases go unreported. 


Source: https://www.myanmar-now.org

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