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Jakarta Post

Rohingya ‘at risk’ of trafficking

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 20 2019   /  12:51 am

With very few viable options for finding a decent livelihood during a stagnant crisis, the Rohingya population in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, faces an increased risk of falling victim to human traffickers in the coming years, according to a detailed report from the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM).The research group assessed the risk factors affecting the likelihood of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and related exploitation of more than 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya who fled persecution in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar.Since the initial military crackdown that began in 2017, refugees are faced with limited access to employment and livelihood opportunities as well as formal education.The report identifies how they might become increasingly desperate to make changes for themselves, making them possible targets to be exploited by human trafficking networks....