Burma Times Correspondent
A boat full of Rohingya migrants is floating near the coast of Thailand.
According to our sources, this is one of the first boats carrying migrants into Thailand this season. The boat has been following a different path than the traditional route due to increased vigilance of Thai authorities. In spite of that, the boat has been unable to land in Thailand.
After years of looking the other way and even profiting from the deadly human trafficking trade, Thailand suddenly cracked down on smugglers creating a migrant crisis that sparked international media coverage in May this year.
Since then, Thailand and other countries in the area have been more vigilant in combatting human trafficking.
The sea routes are generally closed in the monsoon season but resumes in the early days of October. This time, trafficking has slowed to a trickle with economic migrants from Bangladesh more unwilling to make the journey following publicity surrounding the mass graves. A more important factor might be a new found determination from Thailand and Malaysia to put a brake on the rackets.
Traffickers are exploring new options but till now it seems unlikely the trade will reach previous proportions involving the transportation of tens of thousands each year.