Burma Times Correspondent:
Many Rohingyas have been taken hostage by the military for slave labour.
On Friday, military suddenly began detaining Rohingyas in the hills connecting Maungdaw and Rathedaung. The exact number of Rohingyas who have been taken hostage by the military remains unclear but it is thought to be in the dozens.
The exact destination for the hostages is also unknown at this moment.
Slave labour is a practise in which the security forces make the Rohingyas work without any payment. The practise, widespread since the 1960s was stopped temporarily for a few months with the disbandment of the dreaded security force Nasaka, creating an applause from some sections of the international media.
But after a few months, the practice has made a comeback despite the government assuring Western allies there is no slave labour in Arakan state. According to the Arakan Project, as many as 8,000 Rohingyas including children have been forced to work as slave labourers in 2014 alone.
During their time with the military, former slave labourers have complained of back breaking work accompanied by beatings and insults against their race and the Islamic religion. Many have collapsed during their work. Some have suffered severe injuries from beatings by the military.