Dozens of shallow graves and six corpses were discovered from a jungle camp in southern Thailand. An injured survivor was also rescued from the area. The area is synonymous with human trafficking involving movement of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis to third world countries to work as labourers.
A lot of them gave some money to agents in the hope of a better life in Malaysia or beyond, but ended up as hostages held for money from their families. Several find themselves involved in garment production, or commercial fishing or even as bounded labours. Many end up as domestic helps. A lot of graves were yet to be exhumed.
Local authorities in Thailand have been giving assurances of the elimination of human trafficking from Thailand, but the discovery raises doubts of the veracity of these claims.
Local villagers were active when they tipped the police to the mountains of Padang Besar in search of victims of human trafficking. Several dead bodies were found in the vicinity by the local police who formed teams with local residents in a bid to rescue the victims.
In view of the performance of Thailand when it comes to combating human trafficking, the United States placed the country in "Tier 3", the lowest category. Migrants to Thailand are forced to perform many acts they normally would not.
As an outcome of the assessment, stringent sanctions were to be imposed on Thailand restricting essential trade in seafood. President Barack Obama intervened by doing away with the sanctions in return for a promise from officials from Thailand to do its best to dissuade the evils it harbours within its boundaries.
However, the promise appears to be breached. There has been news of men being kept in inhuman conditions.