China and Myanmar Tackle Human Trafficking in the Tengchong Zone
Two Nations Tackle Telecom Fraud Rings
Tengchong, China – In an effort to reduce the risk of cross-border human trafficking and telecoms fraud operations in northern Myanmar, the city of Tengchong has announced that from October 1 to the end of the year, people and vehicles entering the zone will be subject to entry control and registration, Chinese-state affiliated news outlet South China Morning Post reported.
Chinese-state associated media has announced the efforts of regional police and insiders to uncover and curb human trafficking rings that commit telecom fraud.
According to a notice issued by local authorities on Tuesday, September 26, those looking to enter the zone must obtain documents showing their reason for entering and register with local authorities.
This includes residents who need to enter for farming or grazing, who must obtain a certificate from their residential communities, as well as those involved in construction and maintenance projects or the logging industry, who must obtain certificates from their supervisors and register every two weeks.
Those conducting duties such as military units and police stations, however, are exempt from the checks.
The move is part of a larger effort by Chinese law enforcement to crack down on criminal gangs in Myanmar that lure Chinese citizens with investment schemes and promises of love or employment.
In a joint operation between Beijing and the Southeast Asian country earlier this month, 11 criminal bases in northern Myanmar were brought down, with 269 fraud suspects detained, including 186 Chinese nationals who have been repatriated.
The city of Tengchong’s measure is one of many steps taken to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and help protect against the risk of cross-border human trafficking and fraud.