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A reporter pursued a grim tip about teen slaves. Now he’s a national hero.

One day in June, Swe Win, chief correspondent for independent news agency Myanmar Now, walked into a tailor shop in downtown Yangon. He announced that he was a businessman going to Europe for the first time, and he wanted to order the most expensive suits available. “The most important thing for me was just to buy time,” the 38-year-old investigative...
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