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post 21 May 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Rohingya will not be saved by the new 'no push-back' policy

As odious as the business of smuggling people across the Andaman Sea is, the traffickers and the "boat people" fleeing Burma and Bangladesh share a common cause.

post 20 May 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Nightmare at sea ends for the 'green boat' migrants

The mystery of the 'green boat' was solved this morning when 400-odd occupants of a rickety fishing trawler turned up on the Indonesian coast in the early hours of this morning.

post 05 May 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Trafficking death camp in Thailand may be tip of the iceberg

Four days ago a camp was found on the Thai-Malaysia border containing the graves of dozens of would-be migrants - and some believe there may be at least 60 more such camps.

post 26 February 2014
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Burma's Rohingya suffering 'architecture of abuse' - report

No one gets to decide where they are born, but if people had the power to choose, no one would want to be a Rohingya from north-west Burma.

post 25 October 2013
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Aung San Suu Kyi: falling from grace

People are beginning to question the judgement of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's icon of democracy, and an interview she gave about the Rohingya will add to those doubts.

post 15 August 2013
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Thai officials under pressure over trafficking of Rohingya

Thailand's media is taking up the search for answers following an exclusive Channel 4 News report on the trafficking of Burmese refugees.

article 10 August 2013 World, Thailand
Thai authroities arrest suspected mastermind accused of trafficking Burmese migrants and selling them into slavery
Thai police arrest 'notorious' human trafficking leader

Thai authorities arrest and charge a suspected human trafficker, accused of masterminding the sale of hundreds of Burmese migrants into slavery aboard fishing boats.

article 08 August 2013 World, Thailand
Tarutao Island
John Sparks by Nightmare island where traffickers imprison Burma's Rohingya

Beaten, imprisoned and sold into slavery - Channel 4 News reveals the fate of Burma's Muslim Rohingya refugees, who flee conflict only to end up in the clutches of brutal human traffickers.

post 14 June 2013
Burma's Rohingyas: how journalism really can make a difference

Journalists are not universally admired, but as I found after making a film about the plight of Burma's Rohingya Muslims, what we do often pricks the consciences of the poweful.