Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Only to be Exploited in Bangladesh: UN

Published November 15th, 2017 - 08:15 GMT
Since Aug. 25 more than 617,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP/File)
Since Aug. 25 more than 617,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP/File)

 

  • Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are subject to trafficking, exploitation and sexual abuse
  • The total Rohingya refugee population in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh is over 830,000
  • Around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in military operations against their villages in Myanmar
  • Rohingya are described by the U.N. as the world's most persecuted people

 

The U.N.’s migration agency on Tuesday warned of the trafficking, exploitation and sexual abuse of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Joel Millman told a news conference in Geneva: “Desperate men, women, and children are being recruited with false offers of paid work in various industries including fishing, small commerce, begging and, in the case of girls, domestic work."

Since Aug. 25 more than 617,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar, Millman said.

According to the U.N., the total Rohingya refugee population in the area is now over 830,000.

"Some report being forced into jobs which they never agreed to do."

“In one case, a number of adolescent girls, who were promised work as domestic helpers in Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong, were forced into prostitution."

“Others reported being brought to locations different from the agreed destination," Millman said.

 

 

Noting that some Rohingya refugees have been trafficked outside Bangladesh, Millman said: "Most of the trafficking is taking place inside the country, which follows the pattern of trafficking globally."

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.

Rohingya, described by the U.N. as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

The U.N. documented mass gang rapes, killings -- including of infants and young children -- brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.

In a recent report, U.N. investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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