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Thai military accused of selling refugees

March 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM   |   Comments

BANGKOK, March 11 (UPI) -- Allegations are growing that Thailand's military is selling ethnic Rohingya refugees to human traffickers, an Australian broadcaster reported.

The Australian Broadcasting Co. reported Monday on accusations Thai officials are involved in selling Rohingya refugees from western Myanmar to brokers who then sell them as laborers, adding Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawata mentioned, in a her weekly radio address, Thai military officers shot and killed a Rohingya off the Thai coast.

An interviewed refugee said the Thai navy intercepted a boat and directed it to a beach at Ranong, Thailand, where it was met by a trafficker who bought the human cargo.

Since violence between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar began last year, 5,000 to 6,000 Rohingya have arrived in Thailand, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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