Kolkata, India, Jan 26, 2018 / 13:26 pm
Raheema was just 15 years old when she left her home in the Rakhine state in Burma.
“There was no food at home and my mother thought I would be better off if I joined my father,” who was in a refugee camp in Balgadesh, Raheema told the Thomas Reuters Foundation, according to the DailyMail UK.
“But my aunt at the camp sold me to the agent who told her he would get me married in India,” she continued.
When she arrived in Kolkata, however, she was sold into slavery for around $300.
“He was only slightly younger than my father… he would beat me up with electrical wires and not let me leave, saying he had bought me,” Raheema said.
After five years in his captivity, she was allowed to leave. At the time, she had one child and was five months pregnant with another baby.
Raheema’s story is not unique. Over half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Burma – also known as Myanmar – amid continued state-supported violence in the majority-Buddhist country.
But, migration officials are finding that these refugees are also becoming the prey of human traffickers.