The four detained suspects are all members of one family that operated the Ava Tailors garment shop in the heart of Rangoon’s old colonial quarter.
The crew of the boat were reportedly seen throwing some items overboard into the sea, causing more suspicion.
The Burma-Laos border is mostly unguarded. The terrain is rugged and hostile, where the drug trade flourishes in lawless enclaves on both sides of the river.
Southeast Asian countries were urged on Tuesday to treat migrants landing on their shores humanely and avoid a repeat of this year’s disaster in which hundreds of refugees were either…
People smugglers are exploring new routes to Malaysia after a Thai crackdown on trafficking, with few migrant boat departures from Burma in some six months.
Six smugglers at the centre of a “pay and turn back” row between Indonesia and Australia were being questioned by Indonesian police on Tuesday.