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     Qamruzzaman ।। Writer and Photographer 

 

 

A fishing boat is seen from far on the Bay of Bengal in Cox's Bazar district in the division of Chittagong, Bangladesh on August 12, 2015. Human traffickers board people intending to Migrate to Malaysia on these sorts of trawlers.
A fishing boat is seen from far on the Bay of Bengal in Cox’s Bazar district in the division of Chittagong, Bangladesh on August 12, 2015. Human traffickers board people intending to Migrate to Malaysia on these sorts of trawlers.

 

High Sea to Hell

 


At least 94,000 people from Bangladesh inclining to migrate to foreign countries had been trafficked in the last one and half year, says a United Nations High Commission for Refugees [UNHCR] report titled South-East Asia Mixed Maritime Movement April- June 2015. Some of them are refugees from bordering Myanmar who generally are known as Rohingya. More than 1,100 among them are believed to be died or killed by the traffickers at sea.

Human trafficking has surfaced as an immensely profitable “business” in Bangladesh in recent past. “But the trend has been going on for more than a decade,” claims Shariful Islam, a Bangladeshi activist working for welfare to immigrants since 2001.

Smugglers usually lure people from lower income groups who tend to try their lucks adopting irregular ways. Md. Mosharaf was one among them who thought Malaysia would be a place to income plentiful money.

“I had no savings due to a small income,” says the weaver from Narsingdi. “I thought I’d be able to save a good amount of money after spending a few years in Malaysia.”

Secondly, “The smugglers target people especially from landlocked areas who have no idea about the dangers of travelling through sea routes,” says Asif Munier, National Programme Officer at International Organization for Migration [IOM].

The world was stunned when over 200 graves were discovered near smugglers’ camps along the Thailand-Malaysia border in May this year. The unfortunates were believed to be Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals.

At least 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

UNHCR estimates that over 1,000 additional passengers are believed to still have been on smugglers’ boats who remain unaccounted for.

From May till August is relatively an unfavorable spell for smuggling people due to the billowy sea in rainy season. However, the trade gets a momentum in September that goes on until March when the sea remains moderately calm. The traffickers take help of pirates on the Bay of Bengal to disembark migrants to the destinations.

The smugglers do not treat people on board as human beings. They beat ruthlessly if anyone wanted to move, bath or even to urinate. The people who wanted to seek fortune actually experienced hell on the sea.

The traffickers and the pirates are as cruel as slaughterers. Rezaul Karim and his cousins Taizul Islam and Tareq Molla got trapped in the net of a smuggler from

Sirajganj. Unaware about the consequences, the minors thought it might be a fun to migrate to a foreign land without spending even a penny.

The roughness of the sea was unimaginable to them. “We were terrified to see the waves. A wave was as tall as the size of two to three men together,” Rezaul remembers.

But the faces of greed are harsher than that of the terrifying sea. Starvation, sleeplessness and tortures were quite common. They encountered an even worse and shivering incidence of on the wide-open sea.

The minors saw people dying in front of their eyes suffering from different seaborne diseases. Yet coldblooded manslaughter by the smugglers was unthinkable to these teenagers. “The traffickers ripped apart the corpses and threw them away to the sea.”

Nazmul Hossain went through the same experience, “We were 223 people on the ship. Three died and they just threw the bodies away straightway!”

He saw “almost 90 percent people got sick” on the trawler he boarded. “Many people didn’t have any clothes as they got dirty due to defecation and peeing,” said the young man from Sirajganj, a northwestern district in Bangladesh.

The 20-year-old said, “There was no way to sleep. We just sat through the whole journey. The ‘captains’ didn’t let anyone to stand up.”

He was caught up along with his uncle and other 50 people by Thai police after landing from the boat. But business is everywhere! “Thai police sold my uncle to a different trafficker.”

However, Nazmul managed to abscond and trespass in Malaysia border. Almost naked with wearing only a shorts, he kept hiding in daylights and running in night. Barely could satisfy his empty stomach with a piece of pineapple or papaya.

He ran and ran until arriving Kangar. Sometimes on roads and at times through the forests. “I went down straight to the roadside drains whenever a policeman was on sight.”

Nazmul eventually got arrested and remained in a Malaysian detention camp more than five months before repatriation. His family had to spend some taka 200,000 to get him back in Bangladesh.

The teenager trio got back to their home after a six-month-long nightmare too. But mistreatment did not end yet. “Some policemen asked each of us to pay them taka 5,000 right after we landed on the airport in Dhaka. ‘Only then we’ll release you’, they said” Rezaul alleged.

But not necessarily everyone was lucky like them to get back to homeland.

Ramzan Ali and Shawkat Ali, Safura Begum’s two sons boarded a fishing boat with view to migrating to Malaysia three years back. She hopes they are still alive as an
investigation officer at Cox’s Bazar confirmed they have been serving a jail term in Myanmar.

Abul Kalam might have got the same fate, beliefs his wife. Khodeza Begum’s husband sailed away from Teknaf toward Malaysia. That was an Eid day when he left six children behind three years back. She later came to know that Kalam sold his grocery shop at taka 20,000 and took off from an “airport” at Sabrang village along with two more friends.

“Airport” is a popular guff in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong regions. These are some infamous spots, which are used to smuggle people intending to migrate to Malaysia or Thailand. If someone gives money or promises to do so later, she or he is escorted through the “airport”; no matter they have visa and ticket.

Khodeza has been struggling to make a living with six kids. The grocer’s wife hopes he is at least alive, be it in a prison on an unknown land. She believes that if the story is published it will help bringing her husband back.

Some 626 trafficking victims were repatriated from Myanmar by IOM till September. At least 228 people including 210 male, 10 female ando 8 children are in the transit center in the Rakhine State.

Figures available at IOM, as of August 10, indicate at least 1107 Myanmar and Bangladeshi remain in Immigration Detention Centers

But Tara Sheikh even does not have that condolence. The fruit seller from Sirajganj is not sure if his son is anymore or not. Elias Sheikh had a brief phone call with his father after leaving his home before he headed for

Malaysia. Sheikh senior has no idea where his son is right now as nine months have passed meanwhile.

The disappearance of Elias took his parents in a depressed state.

“My heart goes burning always on,” said Lilly Khatun. “As if a fire is set in there. There’s always a combustion due to the absence of my son Elias,” wife of Tara Sheikh bemoans.


 

Bangladesh Border Guards [BGB] personnel are seen silhouetted as 159 smuggled people are to be repatriated from Myanmar through the border of Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015.
Bangladesh Border Guards [BGB] personnel are seen silhouetted as 159 smuggled people are to be repatriated from Myanmar through the border of Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015.
A man walks along a road at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated till September 2015 through the bordering territory between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
A man walks along a road at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated till September 2015 through the bordering territory between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

 

A Bangladesh Border Guards [BGB] man stand guard Near the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
A Bangladesh Border Guards [BGB] man stand guard Near the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
A Myanmar check post is seen through the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
A Myanmar check post is seen through the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.

 

Sirajul Islam, a 15-year-old victim of human smuggling, waits on the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. The minor was one of the 159 who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
Sirajul Islam, a 15-year-old victim of human smuggling, waits on the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. The minor was one of the 159 who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
Zahid Hasan, a victim of human smuggling, waits on the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Hasan was one of the 159 who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
Zahid Hasan, a victim of human smuggling, waits on the ÒBangladesh-Myanmar Friendship BridgeÓ at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. Hasan was one of the 159 who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
The victims of human smuggling wait board on buses at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
The victims of human smuggling wait board on buses at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
Bangladesh Border Guards [BGB] personnel escorts the victims of human smuggling at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
Bangladesh Border Guards [BGB] personnel escorts the victims of human smuggling at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
An injured finger of a human smuggling victim is seen as he boards on a bus at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
An injured finger of a human smuggling victim is seen as he boards on a bus at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
An unidentified minor victim of human smuggling boards on a bus at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
An unidentified minor victim of human smuggling boards on a bus at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
Md. Mostafa, an 18-year-old victim of human smuggling, waits to board on a bus at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
Md. Mostafa, an 18-year-old victim of human smuggling, waits to board on a bus at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
 
The victims of human smuggling board on buses at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.
The victims of human smuggling board on buses at Ghumdhum, a sub district of Bandarban district in Chittagong division, Bangladesh on August 10, 2015. A number of 159 people came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Those people were found stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Some 626 smuggled people were repatriated from Myanmar through the bridge till September 2015.

The people repatriated from Myanmar look through a window at a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar district on August 12, 2015.
The people repatriated from Myanmar look through a window at a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar district on August 12, 2015.

 

Families of smuggled people wait outside to check if their relations are among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM].
Families of smuggled people wait outside to check if their relations are among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM].
 
Mother of Ali Ahmad, a 25-year old victim of human trafficking, comes to a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar to check if his son is among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Ahmad left with a view to migrating to Malaysia in early 2015 and he has no trace since then.
Mother of Ali Ahmad, a 25-year old victim of human trafficking, comes to a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar to check if his son is among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Ahmad left with a view to migrating to Malaysia in early 2015 and he has no trace since then.
 
Families of smuggled people wait outside to check if their relations are among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM].
Families of smuggled people wait outside to check if their relations are among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM].
 
Safura Begum [left] tries to exchange signs with the traffic victims repatriated from Myanmar at a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar district on August 11, 2015. She knows that her two sons are not among them. ÒBut I feel an affinity with them since my sons too are the victims like them,Ó she said.
Safura Begum [left] tries to exchange signs with the traffic victims repatriated from Myanmar at a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar district on August 11, 2015. She knows that her two sons are not among them. ÒBut I feel an affinity with them since my sons too are the victims like them,Ó she said.
 
Fazal Karim, father of Ali Ahmad, a 25-year old victim of human trafficking, comes to a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar to check if his son is among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Ahmad left with a view to migrating to Malaysia in early 2015.
Fazal Karim, father of Ali Ahmad, a 25-year old victim of human trafficking, comes to a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar to check if his son is among 159 people who came back from Myanmar with the aid of International Organization for Migration [IOM]. Ahmad left with a view to migrating to Malaysia in early 2015.

A traffic victim who was repatriated from Myanmar along with 159 people is seen through a window of a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on August 12, 2015.
A traffic victim who was repatriated from Myanmar along with 159 people is seen through a window of a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on August 12, 2015.

 

Safura Begum sits outside a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar district on August 12, 2015. She knows that her two sons are not among the people repatriated from Myanmar. ÒBut I feel an affinity with them since my sons too are the victims like them,Ó she said.
Safura Begum sits outside a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar district on August 12, 2015. She knows that her two sons are not among the people repatriated from Myanmar. ÒBut I feel an affinity with them since my sons too are the victims like them,Ó she said.

 

Rezia Begum and her son Lokman Gani, a 15-year-old victim of human smuggling, are on the way to home from a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar on August 12, 2015.
Rezia Begum and her son Lokman Gani, a 15-year-old victim of human smuggling, are on the way to home from a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar on August 12, 2015.

 

Victims of human smuggling leave a makeshift shelter as they start for their homes amid rain in Cox's Bazar on August 13, 2015.
Victims of human smuggling leave a makeshift shelter as they start for their homes amid rain in Cox’s Bazar on August 13, 2015.

 

Victims of human smuggling are to board a bus on the way back to their homes from a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar on August 13, 2015.
Victims of human smuggling are to board a bus on the way back to their homes from a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar on August 13, 2015.

 

Kashem, a victim of human smuggling, looks on through a bus window while he is on the way back to his home in Narsingdi district from a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar on August 13, 2015.
Kashem, a victim of human smuggling, looks on through a bus window while he is on the way back to his home in Narsingdi district from a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar on August 13, 2015.

 

Victims of human smuggling board a bus on the way back to their homes from a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar on August 13, 2015.
Victims of human smuggling board a bus on the way back to their homes from a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar on August 13, 2015.

 

An unidentified vctim of human smuggling looks on as he boards a bus on the way back to his home from a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar on August 13, 2015.
An unidentified vctim of human smuggling looks on as he boards a bus on the way back to his home from a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar on August 13, 2015.

 

Md. Mosharaf looks on through a bus window while he is on the way back to his home in Narsingdi district from a makeshift shelter in Cox's Bazar on August 13, 2015. He was one among them who thought Malaysia would be a place to income plentiful money. “I had no savings due to a small income,” says the weaver from Narsingdi. “I thought I’d be able to save a good amount of money after spending a few years in Malaysia.”
Md. Mosharaf looks on through a bus window while he is on the way back to his home in Narsingdi district from a makeshift shelter in Cox’s Bazar on August 13, 2015. He was one among them who thought Malaysia would be a place to income plentiful money. “I had no savings due to a small income,” says the weaver from Narsingdi. “I thought I’d be able to save a good amount of money after spending a few years in Malaysia.”

 

Evening casts on the village of Sabrang in Teknaf sub district of Cox's Bazar district in the division of Chittagong. The southernmost point in mainland Bangladesh is infamous for being an alleged passage for human trafficking.
Evening casts on the village of Sabrang in Teknaf sub district of Cox’s Bazar district in the division of Chittagong. The southernmost point in mainland Bangladesh is infamous for being an alleged passage for human trafficking.

 

Khodeza Begum hopes that her husband is still alive. The victim of human smuggling from the village of Sabrang in Teknaf, may have been detained in any Myanmar jail. Wife of Abul Kalam believes that if the story is published it will help bringing her husband back.
Khodeza Begum hopes that her husband is still alive. The victim of human smuggling from the village of Sabrang in Teknaf, may have been detained in any Myanmar jail. Wife of Abul Kalam believes that if the story is published it will help bringing her husband back.

 

Khodeza Begum hopes that her husband is still alive. The victim of human smuggling from the village of Sabrang in Teknaf, may have been detained in any Myanmar jail. Wife of Abul Kalam believes that if the story is published it will help bringing her husband back.
Khodeza Begum hopes that her husband is still alive. The victim of human smuggling from the village of Sabrang in Teknaf, may have been detained in any Myanmar jail. Wife of Abul Kalam believes that if the story is published it will help bringing her husband back.

 

Nazmul Hossain, a 20-year-old victim from Sirajganj, could come back home from Malaysia after experiencing a series of traumatic incidences like starvation, sickness, sleeplessness, killing, fleeing, and a long-term detention. His family had to spend some taka 200,000 to get him back. However, the young man did not regain his good health yet. Once used to play cricket and football, Nazmul now feels too feeble even to kick a ball.
Nazmul Hossain, a 20-year-old victim from Sirajganj, could come back home from Malaysia after experiencing a series of traumatic incidences like starvation, sickness, sleeplessness, killing, fleeing, and a long-term detention. His family had to spend some taka 200,000 to get him back. However, the young man did not regain his good health yet. Once used to play cricket and football, Nazmul now feels too feeble even to kick a ball.

 

A fishing boat is silhouetted in the Bakkhali channel in Cox’s Bazar district in the division of Chittagong, Bangladesh on August 12, 2015. This spot is dubbed as the “Airport”. “Airport” is a popular guff in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong regions. There are many “airports” which are used to smuggle people intending to migrate to Malaysia or Thailand. Human traffickers board people intending to Migrate to Malaysia on these sorts of trawlers.
A fishing boat is silhouetted in the Bakkhali channel in Cox’s Bazar district in the division of Chittagong, Bangladesh on August 12, 2015. This spot is dubbed as the “Airport”. “Airport” is a popular guff in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong regions. There are many “airports” which are used to smuggle people intending to migrate to Malaysia or Thailand. Human traffickers board people intending to Migrate to Malaysia on these sorts of trawlers.

 

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