Tag Archives: police corruption

Mass Disappearance in Hebei

I have published an article on East By Southeast discussing an human trafficking case in northern China.

Police are investigating how a hundred people came to be missing last week in Handan County, Hebei. The disappeared aren’t the usual suspects – they’re a hundred young Vietnamese women, brokered into marriage to Chinese men across the border mere months ago, and now gone. The scale of this event highlights the robust, entrenched criminal networks involved in human trafficking in the region – this crime occurs constantly in China; in some parts of the country men openly marrying brokered, foreign brides has become local tradition. Local and regional policing efforts need to work effectively to achieve a solid outcome in this potentially high-profile case so that more attention can be drawn to the crimes of slavery and human trafficking in Asia.

See the full article here.

Koh Tao Another Litmus Test

I have published an article on New Mandala summarising the investigation and recently commenced trial of Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo for the Koh Tao murders.

The trial of Myanmar citizens Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo opened yesterday to keen scrutiny by stakeholders. The defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges. This is unsurprising given the controversy surrounding the investigation, which appears to be yet another example of institutional discrimination against the Burmese underclass in Thailand. The integrity of the trial will indicate how far this discrimination reaches. Fair trial or no, if the accused are found guilty then the millions of Burmese workers providing vital, cheap labour for the Thai economy will be further stigmatised in their adopted country. If the accused are found to be not guilty, they will walk away heroic underdogs, bolstering the sense of discrimination and injustice felt by Burmese residents of Thailand. Then the real investigation will need to begin.

See the full article here.