Bangladeshis ‘sold as modern day slave’ unearthed in Thailand

Md. Kamruzzaman: On 11th October 14, modern-day slavery has been unearthed in a rubber plantation deep in the jungle in Fhuket province of the Southern Thailand. 134 Bangladeshis sold as ‘slaves’ were rescued from that jungle. Eating leaves, the trafficked men survived for 10 days there. This discovery points out the human-trade that has taken a firm root in Bangladesh. The way men are trafficked and sold as slaves is a very sneaky tale.

Md. Kamruzzaman: On 11th October 14, modern-day slavery has been unearthed in a rubber plantation deep in the jungle in Fhuket province of the Southern Thailand. 134 Bangladeshis sold as ‘slaves’ were rescued from that jungle. Eating leaves, the trafficked men survived for 10 days there. This discovery points out the human-trade that has taken a firm root in Bangladesh. The way men are trafficked and sold as slaves is a very sneaky tale.

Absar Mia is 27, from Teknaf, close to the border with Myanmar. He is married, with three young children. “My heart is burning for home,” he said. “All I think about is how I can get home, how I can see my mother again, how I can see my little boys and girl again. That’s why I’m crying.”

He described being offered a job by a man, and waiting for him on a hill near Teknaf. Suddenly he was grabbed, his hands tied, his mouth gagged. He said he struggled as he was taken out to a boat, and was beaten.Ayub was working as an agricultural labourer in Chittagong, southeast Bangladesh, but he said the work ran out. A man suggested he go to Cox’s Bazaar. There he suddenly found himself being grabbed, tied up and forced onto a boat which he said was already crowded with people.

He repeatedly asked where they were taking him, but said the guards threatened to kill him if he did not shut up. He, too, has three children. “Human traffickers lure these people with promise of jobs in Malaysia. But in case they [jobseekers] fail to make it to Malaysia, they [the traffickers] offload them in the coastal border of Thailand,” he said.

For at least five years, the Andaman coast of Thailand has been the scene of some horrific abuses, mainly against ethnic Rohingyas, a Muslim minority group fleeing persecution in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Bangladesh is the world’s top densely populated country, with 1,237.51 persons per square kilometer within 130,168 km2 of land area. Here wage rate is extremely low. People living in relatively small area tend to go abroad for better fortune. Human-traders eye on this crucial fact, lure these faith-departed people with better earnings and finally sell them as slaves, ‘modern day slave’.


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