Thai authorities seize assets from human traffickers (dpa German Press Agency)

Bangkok (dpa) – Thai authorities seized more than 35 million baht
worth of assets from suspected human traffickers, a report said
Saturday.

Among the assets seized were saving bonds, land deeds and cash
totaling 38 million baht (about 1.1 million dollars).

The assets were seized from suspects alleged to have been involved in
the trafficking of ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

The trafficking network came to light earlier this year after
investigators discovered mass graves of refugees at a trafficking
camp in southern Thailand.

The ensuing outcry led the government to crack down on people
smuggling networks, sparking a humanitarian crisis with thousands of
migrants being stranded in boats off Thailand, Malaysia and
Indonesia.

The Rohingya Muslims say they suffer discrimination in predominantly
Buddhist Myanmar, which does not recognize them as one of the
country’s official ethnic groups, and considers them illegal Bengali
immigrants.

More than 70 suspects have been indicted in Thailand on trafficking
charges.