Malaysia Detains 1,018 Bangladeshi and Rohingya Refugees

Police said that Malaysia detained 1,018 Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees after they arrived in three boats on Monday, a day after Indonesian authorities rescued 600 stranded off the coast of Aceh. More than 100,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims have fled violence and poverty in Myanmar since 2012. Most travel in traffickers' boats to Thailand, where they are held by traffickers in squalid jungle camps before a ransom is paid. Some 555 Bangladeshis and 463 Rohingya, including 99 women and 54 children, landed illegally and would be handed to the immigration department.



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