Malaysian Police officers arrested for Human Traficking
May 28, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian authorities are investigating probable police involvement in human-trafficking camps that were unearthed in the northern region of the country on Thursday.
According to reports,Malaysia is investigating 12 policemen for their involvement in human-trafficking as approximately 139 graves have been unearthed from regions near Malaysia‘s border with Thailand.his region has been known as the major route used to smuggle people into Malaysia from Myanmar.
Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, in a statement stated that they already arrested four police officers since the probe began last year.He further added that the eight other police officers have been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for involvement in human trafficking.
Similarly, after discovering human camps in Thailand, the Thai authorities have cracked down on human traffickers, which led to traffickers fleeing,leaving their human cargo on the rickety boats they were being transported in. According to a report by a local media after the crackdown, boats, hundreds of migrants, started coming ashore in Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Rohingya Crisis
The Rohingya Muslims who are found in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, according to The European Union’s ECHO report there are approximately 800,000 people in Myanmar who identify themselves as Rohingya. Due to growing disdain towards them thousands have f fled Myanmar in recent months out of fear of persecution, and thousands are drifting around in rickety boats as they wait to seek asylum in neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Human rights groups have repeatedly urged Myanmar to provide better conditions for the Rohingya, who are considered by the Myanmar government as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
Due to this stance by the government of Myanmar, Rohingya people have very limited access to basic services and viable livelihood opportunities. And though the EU, UN and various human rights group have urged the Burmese government to give these people legal status and to end this discrimination,it has so far fallen to deaf ears, which has led to a major human rights crisis in the region.
According to the UN, over 120,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar in the last three years.And, despite the dire and precarious conditions they go through while being smuggled into other countries according to Human Rights organizations, these people feel like they have no choice as the entire nation they live in does not recognize them.
The Oslo Times