Malaysian police find 139 suspected migrant graves
27 mayo, 2015
“Volunteers help to exhume migrant graves, recovering bones from the forest ground” from BBC.
The human traffic is not a very common topic in the news, and in general people don’t know a lot about it.
In this case, the human traffic becomes a very important news when in Malaysia 139 graves in 28 people-trafficking camps along Thai border were founded, since May 11. We still don’t know how many bodies were in each grave. According to the national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar, in this graves may contain more than one body.
Traffickers are using routes to move migrants through its territory. The camps were found along a 50 km stretch of the Thai – Malaysian brder and were only hundreds of meter from the graves discovered in Thailand. For this reason, Malaysian police started an operation and cracked down these routes that forced the traffickers to move the migrants by sea instead.
We can see in this map that traffickers usually take the migrants by sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Thailand then overland to Malaysia.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia said to BBC that he was “deeply concerned with graves found on Malaysian soil, purportedly connected to people-smuggling”, he also wrote on his Twitter and Facebook accounts that he promises to “find those responsable”. This is something hard to believe. We’ve been hearing promises from a lot of politicians from so many countries, and we’ve seen that few promises were fullfilled. In addition to this, the human traffic is directed by an enormous mafia which is very difficult to find a person or a reduced number of people who was involucre in the slaughter. it is also very risky.
The main issue is that most of the countries which are close to the problem will not let these migrants get into the countries, that’s because thousands of migrants are left stranded by the traffickers whi abandoned them.
Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia suffered international pressure to provide temporary shelter to the migrants, but asked for them to be resettled by the international community within a year. The questions are not only how they will solve this issue or save these people or how they will find the responsable, but also why the authorities took no action before now, mainly because borders are military zones. It’s not an exception if the local police and other authorities be corrupt. It shouldn’t be but it’s almost normal, as we see in so many countries in development.
In order to solve this issue we believe that these countries should cooperate with each other, mainly countries from Asia which are close to the issue, for example, Bangladesh which their own people suffer with this problem – most of the corpses were Bangladeshi immigrants, and a minority of Muslims – should not only do pressure but help Thailand and Indonesia to fight agaisnt it.
There are many people who try to immigrate to another country pursuing a new and better life, but there are many of them who are obligated to get into the boats. They are used as products, for example the Rohingya Muslims who mainly live in Myanmar, where they have faced decades of persecution. “And some of them told us they had been forced on to the boats that thansported them here”. It is business. “The price for a cargo of 300 people, we were told by several sources, including Thai police, was $20,000 or more. Then the migrants were held in the jungle until their families pay a ransom, usually $2000 – $3000 per person, a huge sum for people usually doing low-end jobs in Malaysia.”
So this case make us think more about the ad situation in Malaysia, human traffic and its consequences.