Between January and September 2013, the criminal justice system in Myanmar reported that 200 to 400 people in the country fell victim to human trafficking. Most of the victims were women and children. Police were actively investigating up to 200 cases of human trafficking in September 2013.
Security officials claim that demands for brides in China are a major contributor to human trafficking of women in Myanmar. When a Chinese man marries a Chinese woman, the dowries can be nearly $1 Million. Young women from Myanmar can be bought from traffickers for as little as $700, with “high quality” brides being purchased for $7,300.
Source: “Bride trafficking to China on the rise,” Eleven Myanmar, September 18, 2013.