Jackie Chan at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons).
Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan, center, escorts other actors on the red carpet prior to the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival at Shanghai Grand Theater on June 16, 2012 in Shanghai, China (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko).
YANGON, Myanmar: Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan is going to Myanmar this week on a three-day mission to help combat child trafficking in the Southeast Asian nation.
UNICEF announced on Tuesday that in his capacity as a good-will ambassador, Chan will visit the agency's projects for supporting trafficked children under special care for trauma and distress. He also will meet with officials of the Social Welfare Ministry and members of the Myanmar Police Anti-Trafficking Task Force in Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city.
U.S. State Department's annual report on human trafficking says thousands of children in Myanmar are forced to serve in the national army and ethnic military groups. However, Myanmar signed an agreement with the United Nations last week to ban the recruitment of child soldiers and demobilize those already serving.