Last weekend, over 1,500 victims of human trafficking were rescued from boats making their way to Malaysia or Thailand. Officials say they were abandoned by traffickers who were paid for passage.
So what are the migrants trying for? How does human trafficking start in Southern Asia? What causes thousands of ethnic Muslims in Myanmar to leave to Thailand?
Thousands of ethnic Muslims known as Rohingya are fleeing persecution in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. They cross into southern Thailand or take to boats on the Andaman Sea.
People are bound for some safer or more prosperous countries, such as Malaysia or Thailand. Just this morning, more than a thousand migrants landed on a beach resort in Malaysia.
This next story examines what causes people in Southeast Asia to start an exceptionally dangerous journey. Read http://www.npr.org/2015/05/11/405816943/human-traffickers-victimize-fleeing-muslims-in-Myanmar