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New law to stop human trafficking

Myanmar's military government will introduce an anti-human trafficking law by midyear to aggressively prosecute offenders, a newspaper reported yesterday.

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Close watch at entry points to foil child traffickers

All Malaysian entry points will be closely watched to prevent unscrupulous people from smuggling in orphans from countries hit by the tsunami tragedy.

Selective DNA testing by foreign teams irks govt

Sira Habibu in THAILANDbr>The Thai Government yesterday lambasted foreign forensic teams for discriminating against non-Caucasian corpses when collecting samples for DNA analysis to facilitate the identification process.

Ban adoptions for a year, government urged

Indian activists called yesterday for a one-year adoption ban to prevent human traffickers from exploiting children orphaned in the tsunami disaster for cheap labour or the sex trade.

Women shelters to be gazetted

The Government will gazette five existing women shelters in Selangor, Malacca, Sabah, Pahang and Kelantan as shelters for abused women.

15 rescued from 'sex ring'

Philippine police have rescued 15 women and arrested three men #8211; a Belgian, an American and a Filipino #8211; in raids on a suspected Internet sex ring, officials said yesterday.

Musa: Hard to tell who victims are

The huge number of illegal immigrants is making it difficult for the authorities to determine genuine victims of human trafficking in the country, CID Director Comm Datuk Musa Hassan said.

American held over child sex allegations

A US national has been arrested in Cambodia and accused of having sex with more than five children aged seven to 12 in the latest detention of a foreign suspected paedophile, police said yesterday.

Singapore slams US claim it’s a centre for prostitution

Singapore on Monday challenged a US State Department report citing the city-state as a major centre for trafficking in sex slaves, arguing that it had only two substantiated cases of forced prostitution in the last two years.