Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings




 
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Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings
 
December 5th, 2013  
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Special Report: Thailand secretly supplies Myanmar refugees to trafficking rings
By Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall RANONG, Thailand (Reuters) - One afternoon in October, in the watery no-man's land between Thailand and Myanmar, Muhammad Ismail vanished. Thai immigration officials said he was being deported to Myanmar. In fact, they sold Ismail, 23, and hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims to human traffickers, who then spirited them into brutal jungle camps. As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters investigation in three countries has uncovered a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand's immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.




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