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Burma Govt Suspends 12 Migrant Worker Agencies

10 May 2013

Burma’s Ministry of Labor has suspended 12 recruitment agencies because of alleged corruption and exploitation of migrant workers, The Myanmar Times reports. The ministry informed the agencies on April 25 that they were under investigation and should cease sending workers to Thailand. There were no further details on the extent of the investigation. Ma Khin Way, an office manager for one of the suspended agencies, Danar Trading Co Ltd, said she was confident that her firm would be allowed to resume operations soon. More than 2 million Burmese are working abroad. Many are sent by recruitment agencies, a largely unregulated sector that has been accused of exploiting and trafficking workers.