Police arrest 76 Rohingya on train to South

Arifa
By March 31, 2015 10:14

Police arrest 76 Rohingya on train to South

(Reuters) – Thai authorities said on Monday they had found a group of 76 migrants from neighboring Myanmar including six suspected Rohingya, in a sign that one of Asia’s busiest smuggling routes is still thriving despite Bangkok’s vow to stamp out trafficking.

It follows the discovery in January of a group of 98 suspected Rohingya trafficking victims, including dozens of children, who were found in pickup trucks in southern Thailand.

Police are investigating a possible human trafficking plot after arresting 76 Rohingya on a train bound for Narathiwat yesterday.

Authorities found the Rohingya had entered Thailand illegally and are expanding their probe to find out whether the Rohingya were victims of a human trafficking network.

Authorities found the Rohingya had taken the Bangkok-Sungai Kolok train from Hua Lamphong.

Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district borders Kelantan in Malaysia.

Police officers from Special Branch Division 2 had been tipped off about the Rohingya’s journey.

The team waited for the train to stop at Thung Song in Nakhon Si Thammarat and found a number of Rohingya sitting among Thai passengers.

Thailand is ranked one of the world’s centers of human trafficking. It was downgraded to the lowest “Tier 3” status last June on the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report for not fully complying with minimum standards for its elimination.

Note:Changes have been made,Reuters is not responsible for these.

Source:Reuters

 

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