TANINTHARYI DIVISION – Local residents report that it has been four days since junta troops abducted a 16-year-old girl from Maung Ma Kan village in Long Lone township, and she has yet to be released.
The girl, identified as Ms. Yin Phu Pwint, also known as Thamee Lay, was abducted on May 19 by terrorist junta troops from her family’s restaurant on Maung Ma Kan beach.
“They came specifically to abduct her, having precise information about her name and the restaurant. One of the cars belonged to the Maung Ma Kan police station. All the abductors were dressed in plain clothes,” said a local resident from Maung Ma Kan beach.
Ms. Yin Phu Pwint is known to be involved in online sales business, and it remains unclear why she was targeted for abduction by the junta.
Locals speculate that her abduction may be connected to the arbitrary arrest of a young man and a woman at the Dawei City entrance checkpoint.
As of the morning of May 22, she was still being held captive by junta troops at the Dawei district police station.
Similarly, in April of last year, an underage school girl named Ms. The Yadana was also abducted. Since the military coup, the legal rights of children and minors have been completely disregarded, even within the court system.
According to records from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), there have been approximately 600 underage children detained by the junta since the military coup until the end of April 2023.
Currently, around 500 minors remain arbitrarily detained throughout the country, with Tanintharyi Division ranking sixth in terms of the highest number of underage detainees among the 14 states and divisions.