Human trafficking in Burma has reached epic proportions. It is estimated that between thirty to forty thousand Burmese women and girls, sometimes as young as twelve years old, have been trafficked to Thailand alone, with thousands of new arrivals each year. Over sixty percent are under the age of eighteen. Burmese men and women hoping to migrate abroad for a better life instead find themselves forced into hard manual labour or prostitution. Children are trafficked to work as beggars, street hawkers, and soldiers. Burma is a transit country, where men, women and children are trafficked to Thailand, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, and Korea, for the purposes of exploitation, domestic, and factory work.