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17 Rohingyas rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia
File - Rohingya migrants sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. The boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

17 Rohingyas rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia

Chittagong, May 18 – The Bangladesh Coastguard rescued 17 Rohingyas from the St Martin’s Island while they were being trafficked to Malaysia on early Saturday.
Five traffickers were detained from the Dakshin Beach area, said Lt Commander BNM Hamidul Islam, Coastguard’s assistant director (intelligence).
“We raided the area after being tipped off about a human trafficking attempt,” he said.
Seven of the rescued Rohingyas are women and the rest men.
The rescued were handed over to authorities of Rohingya camps while Teknaf police are taking legal actions against the traffickers. – UNB

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