Burma Times Desk Report: June 11, 2015
Despite an unprecedented crackdown, it seems that the Thai government is unwilling to delve deeper into the human trafficking trade.
For years the international community has been pressurising Thailand to crackdown on human trafficking. However, many in Thailand including politicians, army officials and other government officers have been known to profit from this multi million dollar trade.
Dynamics changed in May as the Thai government under increasing international pressure conducted a massive raid on jungle camps used to hold migrants. In the first days of raid, the raid captured international attention with the discovery of mass graves containing 26 corpses.
Since then, Thai authorities have continued raids but more dead bodies were not discovered. But Rohingya refugees based in Thailand and Malaysia have talked about several more sites containing mass graves.
According to testimonies, there are at least 500 dead bodies in different graves.
However the Thai government seems unwilling to do more to discover these graves.
Many Rohingyas fear that although traffickers are out of business this season, they will regroup and come back in October or November once the monsoon season is over. By that time it is likely that international attention will die away along with the vigilance enforced by Thailand.
Although Thailand has made many high profile arrests, there are concerns that other top officials associated with this business are let off. This has created fears that the syndicates are not out of action and will return with renewed vigour.