Published:  02:41 AM, 13 October 2017

Refugee girls falling prey to pimps

Refugee girls falling prey to pimps Rohingya women and children flee their motherland to escape inhuman persecution -File Photo

Among the Rohingya refugees who have poured into Bangladesh from Myanmar, Rohingya girls are reportedly being trafficked by pimps to residential hotels and red light areas in some parts of the country for antisocial rackets.

Sources from local law and order forces and media agencies have informed that young women and female children are the most vulnerable people in the refugee camps located in Ukhiya, Teknaf and some more areas of Cox's Bazar district. A number of Rohingyas have in the meantime escaped from the refugee camps, relevant sources have stated.

Unscrupulous people working for taking Rohingya girls away from the refugee camps have also produced fake national identification cards, medical papers and mobile phones to engage young Rohingya women with illegal business, according to reports.

Cops from the local police stations have  informed that they are exercising sharp surveillance and checking all transports moving to and fro Cox's Bazar to resist Rohingya refugees from running away as well as to detain the perpetrators who are linked with unlawful activities involving Rohingya people.

Several organizations have meanwhile expressed their concern about the safety of Rohingya women and children who have moved into Bangladesh without family members. Unaccompanied Rohingya girls and children are most likely to fall a prey to physical assaults and sexual violence by local gangsters and human traffickers, some aid agencies have exposed such worries.

Since the influx of Rohingya civilians through the Myanmar borders into Cox's Bazar and other parts of the country, it has been noted with alarm that young women belonging to the Rohingya community have been suffering from acute insecurity. Reportedly, racketeers are making evil attempts to take undue advantage of the helpless plight of the women and girls of Rohingya people and trying to transform them into call girls.

 Similar allegations have been received from the Rohingya refugees, according to different news agencies working around Myanmar-Bangladesh frontier areas. As women face corporeal abuse and other forms of hazards every now and then, it is a much greater concern that Rohingya girls have all the likelihood to get trapped by miscreants.

 For this reason human rights activists and security experts have advised for higher vigilance from the law enforcement agencies of those areas to watch out for gangsters who might try to endanger young Rohingya women with vicious intentions.

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