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Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims at Thai 'people smuggling' camp

Published on Jan 27, 2014 9:52 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand has detained more than 500 Muslim Rohingya refugees, including women and children, who were discovered in a raid on a suspected people-trafficking camp, police said on Monday.

Thousands of Rohingya, described by the United Nations as among the world's most persecuted minorities, have fled sectarian violence in western Myanmar in rickety boats since 2012, mostly believed to be heading for Malaysia.

Rights groups say they often fall into the hands of unscrupulous people-traffickers.

Thailand said last year that it was investigating allegations that some army officials in the kingdom were involved in the trafficking of Rohingya.

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