KHAO LAK, Thailand -- Hidden in the jungle of southern Thailand, shabby huts fashioned out of branches, bamboo and tarps sit on a slope. Junk-food wrappers, plastic bottles and instant coffee packets litter the ground. A foul odor hangs in the air. It was here that Ahmeen, a 25-year-old Rohingya, and others hoping to get to Malaysia were held hostage by a human trafficking ring.
Ahmeen was rescued from the camp by Thai authorities on May 1. He said he and two other ailing captives were left behind around April 25, when the traffickers fled after getting wind of a government crackdown. Reduced to skin and bones, Ahmeen was hospitalized. His face contorts in pain when he moves, but he wants to tell his story.