Burma Times Correspondent: May 18, 2015
Three Rohingya refugees have relayed the horrifying ordeal of migrants after being released by human traffickers on Tuesday.
Noor Kabir (39), Ajim Ullah (45) and Syed Amin (27) returned to their homes in the Lomburi area of Bangladesh after they were ransomed on the payment of 40,000 Bangladesh Taka each.
Altogether there were around 600 passengers on board of the ship that took them to Thailand starting on April 26. As they reached Thailand, traffickers told their hostages that they would wait in the sea as there seemed to be increased vigilance of Thai authorities. The traffickers thought this would die down but when the abnormal situation continued for around a week, they turned back towards Bangladesh.
During the voyage, many of the women on board were used as sex slaves for the pleasure of the traffickers. When one of the men and a woman protested on the first day, they were shot and thrown into the sea. Afterwards no body protested.
As the journey continued, some more men were killed. Some were killed for simple reasons such as asking for water, others were killed for no reason at all. Altogether seven men died from gunfire.
Two women died after being continuously raped by traffickers.
At least seven children died from illness.
One woman was thrown to the sea after she was too sick, traffickers saying she would die anyway and was just wasting food.
Many migrants coming back from the traffickers are relaying similar accounts.