Burma Times Correspondent: June 26, 2015
Bangladesh police arrested a Nayapara refugee on charges of human trafficking on Wednesday.
Noor Mohammad used to act as the intermediary between migrants and the traffickers. Last year, he took money from the migrants when their boats left the shores of Bangladesh.
Unlike most syndicates, this group transported migrants straight off the ships to Malaysia without going overland to Thailand. The payment was comparatively lower, 150,000 Bangladesh Taka as opposed to at least 180,000 charged by most traffickers. But the advance money paid to the agent, in this case Noor Mohammad, was 40,000 Bangladesh Taka per person.
However in the last season, one of the boats could not make it to Thailand because of rough weather. When the boat people asked Noor for the money, he said the money was non refundable.
Following crackdown on smugglers, the victims informed Bangladesh police that Noor was involved in the smuggling business.