Human traffickers are convincing Rohingyas in Cilkhali and Sainda para of Maungdaw South to book a boat journey for Malaysia.
A ring supervised by six men have been instrumental in convincing the Rohingyas to make the risky sea journey despite the horrors of the jungle camps and the journey gaining international spotlight earlier this year.
The traffickers are telling their victims the horrors would not be repeated as they would not have to go via the Thai jungle camps and will instead he transported straight into Malaysia.
The traffickers are being unclear about which point of the journey the boat people would have to pay the traffickers. Till May 2015, the migrants were being tortured in Thai jungle camps till their families paid a hefty sum for their release.
Our sources suggest that huge mother vessels might replace the function of the jungle camps.
The traffickers are also saying media outlets blew the trafficking crisis out of proportion and there is no real threat to travelling to Malaysia.
Local sources say the traffickers are very close to the BGP, which is heavily involved in the trafficking racket.
The traffickers have been identified as 33 year Abdur Rahman s/o Nagu, 28 year Md Rafique s/o Mir Hossain and 32 year Enam s/o Kefayet, all three of them hailing from Cilkhali. In Sainda para, the traffickers are 35 year Shafullah s/o Amir Hossain, 31 year Noor Alam s/o Dolu and 28 year Hashu s/o Md Hossain.
All of them are mid-level operatives as opposed to the big guns who operate the business from behind the scenes, although the risk of prosecution for human trafficking is very low owing to heavy government backing of the illegitimate trade.
The illegitimate trade not only furnishes government and security officials with millions of dollars but also fulfils the objective of expelling the Rohingyas from the country.