Burma Times Desk Report: May 23, 2015
A BBC report has revealed that entire communities in Thailand are involved in the multi million human trafficking racket cashing in on the miseries of Rohingya Muslims and economic migrants from Bangladesh.
In the report, BBC journalist Jonathan Head presents evidence based on his observations and eyewitness accounts on how entire communities have been sucked into this lucrative business.
“So how were the traffickers able to conduct this business in the midst of Thai villagers? The camp I saw was just 30 minutes drive from the city of Hat Yai. They involved the local community,” mentions Jonathan Head in the report.
“The whole community is involved. It’s because of the money. The traffickers hire everyone. They hire people to keep watch on the camps, to carry food for the Rohingyas. They go round all the houses here, hiring people,” writes Head drawing in the eyewitness account of a Thai Muslim boy whose fellow villagers are involved in the business with traffickers.
The BBC reporter then goes on to mention the complexity of government officials. A policeman quotes in the article that there is a camp on the Malaysian border holding close to a thousand people. When asked why the police did not close down the camps, the official laughs and replies, “You know the border is a military zone. As a police officer I can do nothing there without military approval.”
This is the camp where the 26 bodies were first found creating an uproar that led to the current situation.
The report also mentions that many victims rescued by authorities were sold back to traffickers.
Meanwhile a report by The Daily Star of Bangladesh also revealed how entire communities in Teknaf, Bangladesh have come to be involved in the trafficking business.