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Rohingya misery a boon for smugglers

DHAKA: In squalid camps in Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence and persecution in neighbouring Myanmar dream of a better life abroad - and rely on increasingly high-tech smuggling networks to get them there. Dhaka denies new arrivals refugee status and, after a major crackdown sealed off ocean routes traditionally used to traffic migrants to Southeast Asia, many Rohingya are turning to complex smuggling operations to leave Bangladesh. "People are desperate to leave the camps," community…

Smugglers using social media to ply trade: report

BRUSSELS:  People smugglers are increasingly relying on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, to find their customers. Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Center (EMSC) last year identified 1,150 suspicious social media accounts - a staggering rise on the 148 accounts it was watching in 2015. The trend, which is also is reflected in other parts of the world, has elevated social media's role in the smuggling trade to a top priority for European police in 2017. "There is a huge spectrum of services that are…