Burma Times Correspondent: May 22, 2015
Rohingya refugees in Thailand fear that at least one ship is concealing itself from authorities as traffickers are still on board.
In the last few days, traffickers have abandoned their ships taking food and water along with them as countries in the region cracked down on them. This has resulted in heavy monetary losses for the traffickers as they have been unable to ransom the hostages. Many traffickers waited for a few days hoping that the vigilance would die down. When that did not happen, some turned their ships altogether and went back to the Burmese coast.
However even in Burma, traffickers have not gotten the same amount for their hostages. The amount they get is around 50,000 Bangladesh taka on average, which is 3 to 4 times lower than normal. But the advent of the monsoon reason and the need to save their skins has forced traffickers to settle for a loss.
Other traffickers facing immediate arrest have jumped off the ship altogether.
However a few traffickers are determined to take the normal ransom money for their hostages. Some of the ships also have a bigger capacity that means they can hold migrants as hostages without going overland which is now almost impossible. Once the ransom is paid, they send the migrants to Malaysian land in small boats.