The United Nations migration agency on Wednesday announced that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have run away from the dangers and violence in Myanmar. And they continue to be at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. The answer to the problem is to better manage the refugee camps. Reuters reports the dangers.
“Fighting in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state has forced 422,000 Rohingya to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, where unofficial shelters have sprung up outside of two government-run camps.”
However, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) explained that those arriving are mostly women and children, and they are high risk of human trafficking. the new arrivals – the majority of them women and children – are in danger of human trafficking, as officials and aid workers struggle to cope with the influx.
IOM’s Asia-Pacific spokesman Chris Lom said, “Most have no money, no food, no clean water, no shelter and don’t speak the language.”
“That leaves them potentially at the mercy of anyone offering help and they may end up as victims of trafficking.”