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Thai immigration and customs officials use dogs to screen people for drugs, trafficking victims, and other contraband at the Thai/Myanmar (Burma) border in Mae Sai, northern Thailand, on 15 January, 2007. A second, larger crossing is opening nearby to handle an expected increase of cross-border traffic as the "Asian Highway" is built to facilitate transport in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, from China to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), and Vietnam. Historically plagued by human trafficking of the area's poorer hill tribe children, according to local NGO workers the border crossing in Mae Sai is likely to grow in importance as a transit point for trafficking victims as the new transportation infrastructure eases the movement of people from poorer countries like Laos and Myanmar (Burma).
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