Myanmar Jails 20 Suspected Human Traffickers for Immigration Offence

A handout photo provided by the Myanmar Information Ministry shows Myanmar police officers helping migrants disembark a fishing boat, at western coast, Rakhine, Myanmar, 22 May 2015. EPA

YANGON (DPA) — A Myanmar court has sentenced 20 crew members of a suspected trafficking ship to five years each for entering its territory illegally late last month, state media reported Thursday.

The convicts, including a Thai captain, are still to face charges of human trafficking.

The ship was carrying 208 people, mostly migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh but also eight from Myanmar's western Rakhine state, when it was detained by the navy off the Rakhine coast on May 21.

Another ship carrying 727 migrants was found on May 28 off Myanmar coast in Ayeyawady delta region and brought to Rakhine state.

Of those, 187 were found to be Bangladeshis and repatriated. 

 

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