Bangladesh stops trafficking of more Rohingyas to Malaysia Feb 12, 2019 0 355 12345 AFPCox’s Bazar, BangladeshBangladesh security forces stopped 22 Rohingya Muslims from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat, officials said Monday, the second group in three days prevented from leaving squalid refugee camps.Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) forces found 11 women, 10 children and a man at a village on the Bay of Bengal coast, near the border with Myanmar, on Sunday.The 22 had paid traffickers up to $1,200 each to get a place on a small boat for the dangerous journey, a BGB officer said. The people smugglers fled before security forces arrived.“The traffickers took whatever they could from the refugees,” Lieutenant Colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury, BGB chief for the town of Teknaf, said. He added that it was possible many of the young women would have ended up in “forced prostitution”.It is the fourth time since November that Rohingya have been intercepted attempting to get a boat to Muslim-majority Malaysia.On Friday, border guards stopped 30 Rohingya from boarding a boat and sent them back to their camps. Authorities fear that more Rohingya will try to take boats to Malaysia while the Bay of Bengal is calm up until the end of March. Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said “an internationally organised racket” was preying on desperation in the Rohingya camps.“The refugees are lured by false promises. They simply don’t have any idea how dangerous these sea journeys can be,” he said. The UN refugee agency urged the Myanmar authorities to address the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine.“Rohingya will continue to risk their lives on boats unless there are tangible solutions to their plight,” UNHCR spokeswoman Caroline Gluck said. RELATED ARTICLES Priyanka ‘magic’ draws thousands at debut roadshow in Lucknow Feb 12, 2019 0 355 Philippine measles death toll hits 70 Feb 12, 2019 0 1300 Pakistan, International Monetary Fund inching closer to deal Feb 12, 2019 0 1093 Acting Pentagon chief visits Kabul, denies troops cut dpa Kabul The acting US Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan arrived in the Afghan capital for an unannounced visit on Monday, meeting with top officials from NATO and the government. Shanahan held discussions in Kabul .. Rahul shuts door on BSP-SP alliance, says Cong will contest polls with full might Lucknow: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday virtually shut the doors on the BSP and Samajwadi Party and said that while he respected their leaders Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, there should be no doubt that his .. Trinamool links BJP with killing of its party MLA IANS Kolkata Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday blamed the BJP for party MLA Satyajit Biswas’ murder and claimed those who are seeking protection from central leaders in Delhi will be brought back and put .. Chinese woman in trouble after throwing drink at Philippine cop Manila: A Philippine police officer on Monday filed criminal complaints against a Chinese woman who threw a soft tofu drink at him during an argument at an overhead train station in the capital. Police officer William .. EU threatens to end Cambodia’s trade perks on rights record Brussels: The European Union launched proceedings Monday against Cambodia that could see the south-east Asian country lose its preferential trade access to the bloc if it does not improve its record on human rights, .. Toppled Malaysian leader Najib’s 1MDB trial delayed AFP Kuala Lumpur Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak’s trial over a massive financial scandal that contributed to his government’s downfall was postponed Monday, in a blow to slow-moving efforts to bring the .. No one in India can repay cow’s debt, says PM Modi Vrindavan: PM Narendra Modi on Monday said that no one in the country can repay the debt of the cow’s milk, saying the bovine has been an important part of India’s tradition and culture. At a public gathering here, the Prime ..