Desperate Rohingya refugees are recruited as drug mules by cartels - News Summed Up

Desperate Rohingya refugees are recruited as drug mules by cartels


A Rohingya camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More refugees are likely to be lured into smuggling unless conditions improve MARKO DJURICA/REUTERSRohingya refugees from Burma are being recruited as mules to smuggle methamphetamine across the border with Bangladesh, fuelling a boom in illegal drugs in a country already reeling from the effects of the vast human influx. Drug enforcement agencies and charities report an increase in arrests and seizures since the flight of 700,000 Rohingya from Burma which began in August last year. Aid workers warn that, unless living conditions in the camps improve, growing numbers of desperate refugees will agree to smuggle the drug in the hope of earning a little cash from politically connected drug syndicates. “This is a hidden aspect of the refugee crisis, but one with the potential to do great harm,” said John Littleton, Asia director of Children on the Edge,…


Source: The Times January 03, 2018 00:05 UTC


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