Well-equipped human trafficking camp found in Malaysia

Well-equipped human trafficking camp found in Malaysia
Policemen make their way through abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia in this May 26, 2015 file photo.

Another human trafficking camp has been found in Malaysia, about 100 metres from the Thai border, Bernama reported on Monday.

Shahidan Kassim, a minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said that he had visited the site in Mata Ayer Forest Reserve, adding that it takes about two hours to reach on foot.

The camp found was reportedly well equipped, with facilities such as a generator and dam.

The Malaysian Insider reported that Shahidan said he found Thai beer cans and playing cards at the new site. He estimated that about 600 people lived on the site, which is about the size of a football field.

The minister also suggested turning the site into a tourist attraction.

Malaysian police had earlier found 139 mass graves and 28 human-trafficking camps in Wang Kelian forest, which is also located near the Thai border.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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