Kachin teenagers are trafficked as sex slaves for Burmese authorities in a gold mine at Mali Hka River

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 18:38 KNG
Kachin teenagers are being deceived and trafficked as sex slaves for Burmese authorities in a gold mine at Mali Hka River, in Tayang Zup village, in Kachin State by a trafficker who is close to the government authorities, a local source said.

A woman over 40 years-old named, Ma Ei, a resident of Myitkyina, the Capital of Kachin State, has lured Kachin teenagers and forced them to be sex slaves in the Tayang Zup gold mine, over 50 miles north of Myitkyina.

mali-hka-gold-miningA gold mine is camped on the Mali Hka riverbank.

Ma Ei, who owns a restaurant, store and the Tayang Zup Guest House near the gold mine, has been organizing teenaged women 15-16 years of age from the towns of Puta-O and Machyangbaw and around the gold mine for seven years, by promising to provide them with proper jobs. However, she forces them to work as sex slaves to local authorities.

One of the victims from MachyangbawTown said she was threatened by Ma Eiand forced to work as a sex slave, and she never give her a salary or any financial support.

Ma Ei told the people in the area the girls are adopted by her as daughters. However, the victim’s families said she never provided them with financial support.

She never allows the girls to meet with their relatives or move around freely and hides them in a secret place, according to a villager.

One local source said Ma Ei has a very good relationship with local authorities, such as police officers and Military Intelligence officers (MI), who do not interfere with what she is doing.

At least four local Kachin girls who were adopted by Ma Ei have gone missing in 2010 and 2011, local people said.

Local women and girl’s safety has been threatened since for the last ten years, since thousands of mine workers came to the area.

Breaking News:Bomb blast on Burmese train kills two, injures seven

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – What authorities say might have been a time bomb exploded on a train traveling from Rangoon to Mandalay on Wednesday evening, killing two people and injuring seven, according to witnesses.

The explosion occurred in an ordinary class train car as it traveled between Shwemyo and Sinthay stations in Takkon Township about 4 p.m.

A man and a woman died, and the injured were taken to Takkon Hospital, according to witnesses.

‘We heard a very loud sound. The sound of the explosion was even louder than the sound of the train. The injured are in serious condition’, a passenger told Mizzima.

The bomb may have been calibrated to explode at the Naypyitaw Station, but it failed to do that, said the passenger.

The authorities at Naypyitaw Station confirmed the bomb explosion but refused to provide any details.

(Interview) – Hip hop singer and Generation Wave leader Zay Yar Thaw

(Interview) – Hip hop singer and Generation Wave leader Zay Yar Thaw, 31, was released on Tuesday from Kawthoung Prison, where he was serving a four-year prison term. The Generation Wave group was formed during the 2007 Saffron Revolution under his leadership.

Hip Hop singer and political activist Zay Yar Thaw Photo: FacebookHip Hop singer and political activist Zay Yar Thaw Photo: Facebook

Question: Your family is now awaiting your release and arrival at Rangoon Airport. How did the authorities inform you of your release?

Answer: I was released from Kawthough Prison on Tuesday at about 1:30 in the afternoon. The prison authorities informed us that the amnesty order commutes all prison sentences by one year. They informed me last night that I would be released today as my remaining prison term is less than one year.  My family knew this news in advance. They contacted the prison when they heard this amnesty order broadcast last night and asked if I was included in the list of prisoners who would be released. The prison authority gave my family an affirmative answer.

Q: How do you feel when you are released?

A: There are many more prisoners of conscience in prisons across the country. I cannot feel happy when many more prisoners are still behind bars. There are many political prisoners who are my brothers and sisters in these prisons. I hope all of them are released soon. Only after their release, can I fully enjoy my release.

Q: How did you enter politics?

A: I joined politics as a young man who could not accept injustice and submissiveness. I had no specific objective before, but after being in prison for more than three years, I had time for introspection on my life and work. I realized even more that we should work in the political area. Continue reading “(Interview) – Hip hop singer and Generation Wave leader Zay Yar Thaw”

Video banned at Rangoon regional gov’t press conferences

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – After a foreign-based media group broadcast video of the first press conference of the Rangoon regional government, the authorities have banned video recordings of the sessions.

When reporters at MRTV4, a state-run TV station, tried to take video of the second press conference in the Rangoon Regional Parliament building on Tuesday, the secretary of the regional government, Khin Maung Tun, said it would not be allowed.

Video was banned but still photographs were permitted, said a journalist who attended the conference.

The ban was probably imposed as a result of the Norway-based media group, Democratic Voice of Burma, broadcasting the government’s first press conference on May 10, said an official in the Rangoon Region Administration Office.

Regional government Minister Nyan Tun Oo, a former military officer, said during the first press conference last week that the regional government would hold a press conference each week on Tuesday. However, an official said this week there would be no press conference next Tuesday and the date for the third press conference would be announced later.

Nyan Tun Oo, left, and Khin Maung Tun of the Rangoon Region Government. Photo: MizzimaNyan Tun Oo, left, and Khin Maung Tun of the Rangoon Region Government. Photo: Mizzima

During the press conference, officials also said the regional government is likely to establish a dress code for journalists who attend the next press conference.

‘We would like to ask journalists to be in correct dress’, an official told the gathered journalists. ‘Although press conferences are not big ceremonies, you need to be in appropriate dress’.

The official did not issue a dress code. In the former parliamentary era before the coup by former General Ne Win, journalists were required to wear a tie or a traditional jacket when they attended parliamentary sessions.