She shares the one-room house with eight members of her family and a scourge of deadly mosquitoes that fester in the thick, green water beneath her feet. A television used to decorate one corner of the house, balanced on a shelf to avoid the floodwater and sewage that seeped in through the floorboards while seasonal rain thrashed the hand-built structure from above. But they no longer have to worry about the television getting wet in monsoon season. They pawned it for cash earlier this year. Than Than Htwe has struggled to support the household since her grandchildren moved in last year. A year later and she has paid her sister far more than the original sum through these daily interest payments, but the debt still stands.
The girls being sold into sex work in Myanmar
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Wut Yee, who requested to change her name for this story, had quit school to handle household chores and look after her brother and she had no other source of income. Money was in short supply. He took me in his car to a house on the outskirts of town. I spent the whole day with him.
Casting shadow on Belt and Road, victims share their ordeals. In the states of Kachin and Shan, embroiled in bloody ethnic conflict for decades, more than , people have fled their villages. They have become internally displaced persons, or IDPs, living in camps, many of whom frequently go to China to earn money as illegal migrant workers. This lawless environment provides a prolific field for bride traffickers to "harvest" victims. Trafficked women are sold in inland China where the country's "one child policy" has created a serious gender imbalance.
A new school textbook, which features a fictional same-sex couple and young students who find themselves attracted to the opposite sex, has sparked outrage in Myanmar. The opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party USDP , Buddhist monks and conservative parents protested the distribution of the book, calling it immoral and a threat to Burmese culture. The critics demand that the Ministry of Education revise the book's content, including the country's Grade 10 "life skills" course curriculum, which includes optional sex education. In May, the USDP issued a statement arguing that sex education demoralizes Myanmar society and that the LGBT couple featured in the textbook would make students more accepting of same-sex relationships.