Burma: 16 years in prison for having tortured slave children

News 15 December, 2017
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    Friday, December 15, 2017 06:39

    Friday, December 15, 2017 06:39

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    Bangkok to A family of tailors in Burma was sentenced Friday to prison terms ranging up to 16 years in prison for having tortured two children are reduced to slavery, in this country, which is one of the most bad students to the work of the children.

    The shopping Tin Thu Zar, age 58, and his daughter, Su, My Latt, age 28, were both sentenced to 16 years in prison, convicted of human trafficking and abuse of children.

    The husband and the brother of the latter were respectively sentenced to 13 years and 9 years imprisonment.

    “We will appeal,” announced the attorney for the family complained, Kyaw Win, who was interviewed by the AFP.

    In the course of this trial that lasted nearly a year, the two victims, aged now 17 and 18 years of age, bearing the scars on her arms, legs and face, have described the ill-treatment suffered during five years.

    Engaged as domestic servants, they had been exploited, beaten, barely fed, not paid and allowed to sleep only a few hours per night. And their parents were not obtained throughout the years no help from the police.

    This case had excited public opinion, burmese and other similar cases had surfaced.

    Lured by promises of jobs in the city to meet the needs of the entire family, many children find themselves trapped and enslaved.

    According to a study by the world Organization of the work dating from the year 2015, more than 1.2 million children, nearly one child in ten, work in Burma, and are often exploited.

    The fight against this scourge is a major challenge for the democratically elected government led by the Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and the power for 2016.

    Only invisible, and without any legal protection, thousands of domestic workers who are minors are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.