Burma Times Correspondent: May 16, 2015
Rohingya Muslim women on board have been forced into prostitution during the journey.
Two women who have recently reached Malaysia told Burma Times about their ordeal on the high seas.
During the journey, at one point their boats rested on the sea for two to three days. Here traffickers found a way to supplement their income by renting the prisoners as sex slaves.
It seemed that traffickers were in previous agreement with some fishing trawlers that came to them in the ocean. Traffickers and sailors negotiated the price of the women in a manner that they had done this before.
The Rohingya women were then forced to go on the trawlers and spent three days with them. Such incidents happened three times during the journey. The women could not confirm the amount of money paid by the sailors.
When two Rohingya men protested the women being used as sex slaves, they were thrown into the sea where they drowned.
“We escaped Burma to run away from the Rakhines and police so that we would not be raped. We did not think that we would be raped in the sea,” says the women.
The women were released from the ships once their families had paid 1.8 million kyats. They were taken into Malaysia in small boats.