According to the Malaysian home minister, four nationals of Thailand were extradited to Malaysia on Thursday, where they will face prosecution in connection with mass graves that are related to human trafficking.
In 2015, more than one hundred remains were discovered buried deep in the Malaysian bush along the border with Thailand. This discovery sparked an inquiry into human trafficking in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia.
Since time immemorial, this area has served as a passageway for Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge from persecution in their home country of Myanmar as well as economic migrants from Bangladesh.
In recent years, people traffickers helped tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees make the hazardous voyage to Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country that is comparatively prosperous and safe. This route involved traveling by land and water.
According to Malaysia’s minister of home affairs, Saifuddin Nasution, Malaysia requested in 2017 that Thailand extradite ten of its people who are suspected to be connected to the case.
According to a statement released by Saifuddin, “As a direct result of the productive cooperation between the two nations, four out of ten individuals have been successfully tracked down.”
According to him, a Thai court issued an arrest warrant for the four suspects back in March of this year, and they were extradited to Malaysia on Thursday after complying with the terms of that order.
Beginning on Friday, an unknown group of four people will appear before a court in the state of Perlis, which is located in the northern part of Malaysia.
According to a study published in 2019 by Malaysian human rights commissioners and a rights group, a human trafficking ring operated in the region between the years of 2012 and 2015.
According to reports, migrants were detained in squalid jungle camps where they were subjected to physical assault and frequently prevented from gaining proper access to food and water.