Burma Times Correspondent: April 14, 2015
12 Rohingya Muslims from Sangata Bil, Maungdaw South have left for Malaysia on April 8.
Their journey has been arranged by human traffickers working in close co-operation with BGP. Three traffickers Md Korim s/o Md Amin, Hashem Ullah s/o Hasan and Md Ayub s/o Ahmed led the operation. The Aishwaramu of the village tract is also complicit in the trafficking.
The travellers will have to pay a total of 1.7 million kyats per person. An initial sum of 300,000 kyats has already been paid in advance.
The journey to Malaysia, generally via Thailand in small rickety boats is risky, especially in the hot season. Once they reach Thailand, the Rohingyas are confined in jungle camps where they are often tortured until their families pay the entire amount.
On the Burmese side, the BGP is the main protector of the human traffickers.