More bodies exhumed at mass grave in suspected Thai trafficking camp




 
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May 2nd, 2015  
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By Amy Sawitta Lefevre PEDANG BESAR, Thailand (Reuters) - Dozens of police and volunteers exhumed six more bodies on Saturday in the second day of digging out a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle. The digging site, in Sadao district in Songkhla province, on Friday yielded four bodies believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Police General Aek Angsananont, deputy commissioner-general of the Royal Thai Police, told reporters authorities had known about the camp's existence for a while. He said police believed the deaths were due to "a disagreement within the human trafficking trade." Illegal migrants, many of them Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar and Bangladesh, brave often perilous journeys by sea to escape religious and ethnic persecution and to seek jobs in Malaysia and Thailand, a regional trafficking hub.




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