Burma Times Correspondent: May 15, 2015
Around five girls have returned to Boli Bazar in Maungdaw North after being on the sea for around a month.
The boat started for Thailand but at one point, the traffickers said that it would be impossible to go any further. Thai authorities have increased vigilance on their coasts following discovery of mass graves in the south of their country used to bury victims.
Once the boat reached Akyab, the traffickers told the girls to ask their families to pay 500,000 kyats each. Traffickers said that the girls would be killed if their families defaulted on the payment. After the ransom was paid, the girls reached their homes on Thursday.
In recent times many boats failing to go ashore in Thailand have returned to Arakan. Although the journey failed, traffickers ask for a payment usually around 200,000 to 500,000 kyats. In one such instance on Sunday, when passengers aboard refused tto make he payment, they were thrown off the boat resulting in the death of at least 10.
In other times, as the boats make a return journey, some of the passengers are thrown off the boat to ease food shortages as there are never supplies for a two way journey.