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Boatpeople from the first group arrested in Takuapa, north of Phuket

More Boatpeople Rescued North of Phuket: Drownings Feared, Trafficker Hunted

Monday, October 13, 2014
PHUKET: Rescuers discovered 72 boatpeople hidden in jungle near the sea north of Phuket early today.

Several required immediate hospital treatment and others are believed to have drowned.

The discovery of a fresh group of boatpeople follows the revelation yesterday that a batch of 53 boatpeople held at the weekend were all kidnapped in Bangladesh and had no desire to go to Malaysia.

First reports coming to Phuketwan are that the group rescued today were forced to swim from one secret island hideway to another as authorities closed in.

Some are missing, believed drowned.

Authorities hope to arrest the human trafficking chief suspect today.

The local authorities have helped to achieve a declaration that the kidnap victims are also human trafficking victims.

Now efforts are being made to get all 53 men safely back to Bangladesh. Most are Rohingya refugees.


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125 boatpeople in just 2 days? On 7th Sept the Navy Commander urged Phuket sailors to protect coastline, maintain security. Is that excluding kidnapped boatpeople, and human trafficking?

Posted by Kurt on October 13, 2014 15:15

Editor Comment:

Nobody knows what the Navy does to prevent human trafficking because the Navy isn't saying. It's about time the need for transparency was embraced.


"It's about time the need for transparency was embraced."

It will have to be PHYSICALLY forced on them, as they prefer to operate in the shadows - with no light shone on them.

Posted by farang888 on October 13, 2014 22:03


Most of the Rohingya live in Thailand and Malaysia know who are the reall trffickers and trawlers or ship owners ? The trafficking should be stopped if fruiteful strategy is adopted by the concerned parties . Most of the Rohingya asylum seekers and kidnapped Bangladeshi are their big profitable business.Millions of US Dollars are earned monthly . Who are benefitted . Rohingyas know all the news .SAVE THE HUMANITY !

Posted by Maung Kyaw Nu,President of Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand (BRAT) on October 14, 2014 12:39

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