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139 Graves Found in Abandoned Malaysian Human Trafficking Camps

139 Graves Found in Abandoned Malaysian Human Trafficking Camps

Malaysian officials have reportedly made some grisly discoveries in abandoned camps used by human traffickers near the border with Thailand: 139 graves, bodies with signs of torture, barbed wire cages used to imprison hundreds. The national police chief told the AP, “I am shocked. We never expected this kind of cruelty.” Similar camps have been found on the Thai side of the border by investigators in Thailand. The victims are believed to be persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and migrants from Bangladesh. From the AP:

The discoveries have exposed hidden networks of jungle camps run by human smugglers, who have for years held countless desperate people captive while extorting ransoms from their families.

The discoveries of the camps is the latest in a large migrant crisis in the region, where thousands are believed to be stranded at sea in overpacked vessels. Recently, the governments of both Indonesia and Malaysia said they would provide rescued migrants with temporary housing, and the U.S. has offered to take some of them in permanently …

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