Transnational_issues of Macau

Disputes - international:none
Trafficking in persons:current situation: Macau is a transit and destination territory for women trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation; most females in Macau's sizeable sex industry come from the interior regions of China or Mongolia, though a significant number also come from Russia, Eastern Europe, Thailand, and Vietnam; the majority of women in Macau's prostitution trade appear to have entered Macau and the sex trade voluntarily, though there is evidence that some are deceived or coerced into sexual servitude, often through the use of debt bondage; organized criminal syndicates are reportedly involved in bringing women to Macau, and fear of reprisals from these groups may prevent some women from seeking help
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Macau is placed on the Tier 2 Watch List for failing to show evidence of increasing efforts to address trafficking since 2004
Illicit drugs:transshipment point for drugs going into mainland China; consumer of opiates and amphetamines

Macau Quickstats

  • Population: 456,989 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 28.2 sq km
  • Density: 17,310 /km² (2nd)
  • GDP (total): $14.3 billion (139th)
  • GDP (per capita): $28,436[³] (2006)
  • Literacy: 91.3%

Languages of Macau

  • Cantonese 87.9%
  • Hokkien 4.4%
  • Mandarin 1.6%
  • Other 6.1%

Useful to know

  • Currency: Macanese pataca (MOP)
  • Dial code: +853

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Macau Internet

  • Usage:
  • Penetration:
  • Top Domain: .mc

WT eBusiness info:

  • Success Ranking: 100
  • Market testing: Untested
  • Overall risk: High
  • Overall reward: Low


  • Tourism: 10%
  • eCommerce: 10%
  • Gaming: 10%
  • eLearning: 10%

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