Khawng Nu is 24 years old today, she is from Kachin an impoverished state in northern Myanmar. There are few job opportunities, so when a woman from her village offered her work in a Chinese factory, Khawng Nu accepted the offer. However, when she arrived in China, Khawng Nu quickly learned that she was tricked. Khawng Nu had been trafficked to give birth to babies, this specific type of trafficking accounts for 20 percent of the trafficking of women in Myanmar. Khawng Nu recalls saying “They give pills to women and inject them with sperm for them to carry babies for Chinese men,” explains Khawng Nu. They were beaten and bullied into submission. Once the baby was born, the women would supposedly receive 1 million MMK , about only 632 U.S. dollars. Khawng Nu managed to send a message home to her family, and, with the help of community leaders, the trafficking broker in her village was arrested, although he refused to disclose Khawng Nu’s location. Eventually, Khawng Nu’s family was able to gather enough money from neighbors to pay the ransom for her return. When she came home to her village she shared information with authorities and they were able to close down the facility and free the women captives. The last example of human traffic is a lot closer to home, here in the United States. A woman named Mireya (she chose to keep her last name out of the article because she is currently undocumented and still living in the United States), tried to cross over into the United States three times. Mireya recalls the first time trying to come to the United States she had paid a coyote an approximately a thousand dollars, instead of him taking her to the border he took her out into the desert and raped her and left her. She managed to get back into a city in Mexico and contact relatives who were able to get her back home.
The second attempt at crossing the border she went with her brother. They had to pay this coyote approximately three thousand dollars. Everything was going smoothly she recalls. She remembers the nights in the desert were cold and the afternoons extremely hot but everyone was happy and getting along. However, when they went to cross some type of body of water she was unsure of what it was as the coyote never shared any information with them on where they were or how far they were. She believes this to be in case someone amongst them would be in contact with the United States border patrol. However, the worst-case scenario did happen while they were on the ragged rafts border patrol appeared she remembers the fear in everyone the coyote was the first to jump off he was swimming back to shore next thing she knew everyone was jumping and swimming women with children were being pushed by men overboard. She remembers getting knocked into the water and nearly drowning before getting to shore many people being caught her brother being one.