Burma Times Correspondent: July 01, 2015
Despite recent concerns, human traffickers are still able to convince many young women to travel abroad.
As the ships have stopped due to increased vigilance and the advent of the monsoon season, the most desired destination in recent weeks is India.
Traffickers are able to convince women and their families that there are jobs, protection by the UNHCR and many other facilities in India.
Many unscrupulous ‘Maulavis’ have joined the human trafficking gang and they convince the women that staying in Arakan will be a sin as they are almost sure to be raped here. So they must perform a holy duty by emigrating to India where they can be married in the proper Islamic manner without dowry.
Government collaborators also known as tabbes make sure that villagers don’t object to the trafficking. The BGP protects the trafficking ring altogether.
Once these women cross into India, they are sold into sex slavery.
The women targeted for trafficking are often victims of rape committed by Buddhist terrorists and government forces. Many of them have lost family members during the riots and have no one to look after them. Under these circumstances, many want to leave for abroad as soon as they can. With the sea route cut off, the only destination is India and Bangladesh.
Destination India is marketed by traffickers as the preferable place as Bangladesh is thought to be too poor and overcrowded. But India is also a destination country for sex slaves.
In recent weeks, women from Taimbru, Nagfura, Somboinna and Hayeng Hali have been trafficked to India. Many are feared to have been sold as sex slaves.