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Human Trafficking: Trafficking of Rohingyas Gradually Re-Emerge

By Rohingya Mirror

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The trafficking of the persecuted Rohingyas from Burma’s (Myanmar’s) Arakan state to Malaysia via Thailand has been gradually re-emerging, according to the reliable sources.

The human trafficking has stopped after the crackdown on human traffickers in Thailand and Malaysia in the recent months. However, the human trafficking syndicates have started to search for and coax potential victims as the monsoon is going to end soon in Burma.

“There are three human traffickers, Mohammed Khan Iliyas Kabir Zakariya and Kabir Abdul Lati, living in ‘Gawdusara’ village in southern Maungdaw Township. They visit different regions in northern Maungdaw and Buthidaung Township and gather many people by luring them that they will send them to Malaysia safe and sound.

Then, they bring them to ‘Pa’ Nyaung Pin Gyi (Dang Khali)’ village in southern Maungdaw and sell them off to the two human traffickers in the village: Zahid Hussein Mohammed Kasim and Noor Alam Ahmed Sayyed.

These two human traffickers pay Kyat 10,000 per head (of the people) to the village administrator U Montaz Ullah, where his (the administrator’s) brother receives the money on his behalf. After that, they take them on the boats and send them to Thailand.

As the boat people reach to Thailand, they are sold off to two other human traffickers in Thailand named ‘Umar’ and ‘Harun’ respectively on pretext of sending them to Malaysia. The human trafficker, Umar, can speak Thai fluently and has good relations with Thai immigration officers and police.

Two boats have set off from the coast of southern Maungdaw for Thailand in this October alone: one right at the beginning of the month and another on October 7.

The boat that set off at the beginning of the month is reported to have reached Thailand and the other boat that did on October 7 is still said to be floating in the sea off the Thai maritime water,” said a trafficker that abandoned the human trafficking after the crackdown in mid-2015.

He has also shared his experience that every time they sent people to Malaysia by boats from 2014 until recent crackdown, they had to pay Kyat 2 Million per boat of people to the Myanmar Navy patrolling in the Bay of Bengal.

It shows the complicity of Myanmar Navy and also other Armed Forces in the human trafficking.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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