Burma Times Correspondent: May 04, 2015
Human traffickers in Thailand are trading Rohingyas and Bangladeshis like cattle in markets, according to sources.
Refugees recently freed from human traffickers in Thailand have confirmed this fact.
Under this arrangement, refugees are herded into the jungles of southern Thailand close to the Malaysia border. Here they are sold to five or six different retailers. The sale is done in actual market like conditions where buyers and sellers haggle over prices. There are Rohingya intermediaries who detail the payment ability of each vicitim.
After the sale, the vcitims are herded into the jungle camps. Retailers then contact the families of the victims and ask for money.
The retailers arrange for the victims’ stay in the jungle camps.
Sometimes when a victim is unable to pay, he is sold to another trader who uses him as a slave labour.
All throughout the process, the victims are treated even worse than cattle with inhumane tortures, food deprivation and no facilities. Sometimes the torturous cries of the victims are relayed over phone to their families.
All throughout the process, there are sophisticated supply chains to facilitate the multi million dollar business.