Human Trafficking: Trafficking of Rohingyas Resume as Monsoon End
By Rohingya Mirror
Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – The human trafficking business has resumed in Arakan State (now called Rakhine state) of Myanmar as the Monsoon Season ends in the country if the latest reports from the reliable sources are to be believed.
The trafficking of Rohingyas from Arakan state to Malaysia via Thailand has stopped after the crackdown on human traffickers in Thailand in last May and June. However, the as monsoon ends in Myanmar and sea-weather has started to be calm, the traffickers have now started looking for potential victims in the region.
The three human traffickers, Mr. Mufeez (son of) Mv Fazal Karim, Mr. Noru (son of) Khalaya and Mr. Firoz (son of) Hla Maung, all of them hail from ‘Myint Hlut (Mer Ullah)’ village in southern Maungdaw, were once involved in human trafficking in large-scale.
According a local person, they have started preparing their engine boats and looking for potential victims willing to go to Malaysia.
As the Border Guard Police (BGP) Commander of ‘Myint Hlut’ Station has been informed of the preparations by the three human traffickers, he summoned three of them to his station at the beginning of this November.
He (the BGP Commander) was reported to have said “you have to give me my shares of money if you smuggle people from my territory like you used to do in earlier years. Only after you settle everything with me, you can smoothly run your business.”
To which the three human traffickers agreed upon.
“You have to submit me Kyat 500,000 every month,” added the BGP Commander.
Therefore, the three human traffickers paid Kyat 1,500,000 (1.5 Million) to the BGP Commander on November 5 as advances for three months.
However, the anti-human trafficking police have also been informed about it. So, the in-charge of the anti-human trafficking police department and other junior police officers of his went to ‘Myint Hlut’ village on November 11 to look for these human traffickers.
“They went into hiding hearing that the anti-human trafficking police were looking for them. So, the police left their message to the village administrator ordering the three trffickers to make their presence in their (the police’s) office in Maungdaw.
However, it is still yet to see if the police punish them if they (the police) catch them or let them do trafficking after taking their shares of money,” said a local Rohingya in southern Maungdaw.
Earlier, there were also reports of re-emerging human trafficking business in Myanmar’s Arakan (Rakhine) state.
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[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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