Burma Times Correspondent: May 21, 2015
At least nine Rohingya women and one infant are being held by traffickers in a house at Sidhapara, Maungdaw North.
The women were brought from the Buthidaung area after traffickers convinced them and their families that they were being taken to safety in India. However locals allege that once they are in India, they will be sold to the sex industry.
Many women lured into India by promises of a better life have been forced instead into a life of prostitution.
All the victims have lost at least one of their family members in the 2012 riots and have no security in their homes.
Four of the women are from Buthidaung town, and one from Saheb Bazar. The rest are thought to be from different villages in Buthidaung. One of them has an infant with her.
The house belongs to a Rohingya man Maung Maung U. One of his relative is suspected to be the mastermind behind the trafficking operation. The suspect poses as a religious cleric to cover his crimes.
The son in law of the house owner Khayer Bashar is also allegedly involved in the operation.